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Social and Economic Inequality

sei-icon-100Economic growth and development depend upon all citizens having the opportunity to maximize their potential, whether this is in terms of family formation, career path, or other long-term objective. MPRC researchers study inequalities by race / ethnicity, social class, age, gender, context, and nativity / immigration status in this and other signature themes.

MPRC research in this category is unique in its focus on key institutional contexts. Although population research usually focuses on the individual or family as the unit of analysis, from an ecological perspective, the individual and family are nested in a set of broader institutional contexts. Such institutions include prisons, the criminal justice system, health care systems, family and welfare policy, the labor market, the military, firms, schools, states, or countries as the context for population-related behaviors.

Areas of focus include :

  • Individual and family inequality
  • Schools and colleges
  • Organizations and firms
  • Criminal justice system
  • Military

Examples of current projects in these areas are listed here.


 Engaging Women in the Market for Mobile Money

Engaging Women in the Market for Mobile Money

Faculty Associate Jessica Goldberg awarded National Science Foundation three-year grant to examine questions of participation and impact for women

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Work mobility during COVID

Work mobility during COVID

NSF Rapid Response project will examine job restructuring, policy effects

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Investigating Determinants of Educational Attainment and Achievement in Mexico

Investigating Determinants of Educational Attainment and Achievement in Mexico

NSF award funds collaboration between scholars at the University of Maryland and the University of Pennsylvania to study the effects of supply-side and demand-side policies

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Promoting Economic Recovery After COVID-19

Promoting Economic Recovery After COVID-19

Melissa Kearney and colleagues offer bi-partisan plan for economic recovery

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NSF RAPID Study on the 2020 Coronavirus Social Impacts

NSF RAPID Study on the 2020 Coronavirus Social Impacts

Long Doan along with Faculty Associates Liana Sayer, Sociology, and Jessica Fish, Family Science, will examine the social impacts of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.

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Standard measures of Unemployment make U.S. labor market looks a bit too tight

Standard measures of Unemployment make U.S. labor market looks a bit too tight

Katharine Abraham and John Haltiwanger examine U.S. labor market tightness by addressing the limitations of the standard measures

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Trends in stratification of pre-marital childbirth

Trends in stratification of pre-marital childbirth

Kirsten Stoebenau and Sangeetha Madhavan examine impact of economic inequality through NICHD R03

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The Impact of Work Requirements on Program Participation and Labor Supply

The Impact of Work Requirements on Program Participation and Labor Supply

Mary Zaki and her colleagues published a working paper analyzing the effects of work requirements on SNAP participation, beneficiary composition, and labor supply

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Opioid Use Disorder, mental illness lack treatment when co-occuring

Opioid Use Disorder, mental illness lack treatment when co-occuring

Jie Chen and colleagues will publish a study examining the behavioral health treatment among individuals with co-occurring opioid use disorder and mental illness

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Care Coordination on Minorities with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

Care Coordination on Minorities with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

Principal Investigator Jie Chen, with Andrew Fenelon and others, was awarded a grant to study care coordination on ethnic minority populations

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Chen research identifies benefits of local mental health services

Chen research identifies benefits of local mental health services

American Journal of Preventive Medicine article reports racial and ethnic minorities experience a disproportionate burden of co-existing mental, physical conditions

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