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By Michael Todd, Social Science Space editor | Published: January 2, 2015
Despite its obsession with the concept of equal opportunity, the United States hasn't actively monitored its residents' social mobility for more than four decades. Now a group of social scientists have proposed an efficient way using existing tools to chart mobility.
By Michael Todd, Social Science Space editor | Published: July 8, 2014
Seeing a world awash in inequality, three global bodies representing social workers and their educators have united to put addressing these problems on the planet's front burner.
By Social Science Bites | Published: December 4, 2013
Angus Deaton is a social scientist and the author of The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality. His Princeton colleague, the philosopher Peter Singer, argues that aid is vital to combat the terrible mortality rates in some countries. Angus Deaton disagrees..
By Grace Conyers | Published: November 27, 2013
I’m not a huge fan of the topic of racial and gender discrimination. The heated debates that go around it have always made me uncomfortable because I couldn’t care less what gender or race someone is, isn’t or, in the case of gender, has changed to. However, while teaching a couple weeks ago a little […]
By Camille Gamboa | Published: June 17, 2013
A conversation with Kitty Kelly Epstein, winner of the 2013 Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Award and a university professor who took a four-year break from teaching to live her research.
By American Academy of Political and Social Science | Published: May 29, 2013
The American Academy of Political and Social Sciences recognizes William Julius Wilson for his work on race, stratification, and disadvantage in the U.S.
By Richard Garside | Published: April 29, 2013
There is no inevitability in the rise in homicide, domestic and acquaintance violence in the coming year. Sadly, though, it would be more surprising if they did not increase than if they did.
By Pacific-Standard Magazine | Published: January 24, 2013
How an equation cooked up by Mussolini’s numbers guy came to define how we think about inequality—from Occupy Wall Street to the World Bank to the billionaires at Davos—and why it’s time to find a new way of looking at the numbers.
By Pacific-Standard Magazine | Published: November 8, 2012
New research finds that offering people money makes them less likely to correctly infer another person’s emotional state.
By The Monkey Cage | Published: August 29, 2012
Faith in the wisdom of the affluent to guide public policy has been sorely tested by the enormous costs in money and human suffering resulting from the Great Recession. My data cast further doubt on the notion that representational inequality arises from the greater knowledge or better judgment of those with higher incomes.
By The Monkey Cage | Published: August 24, 2012
In my previous post I discussed the lack of government responsiveness to the middle-class and the poor, when their policy preferences diverge from those of the affluent. This inequality is pervasive: I found no circumstances during the decades I examined in which the middle-class had as much influence as the well-off, or the poor as […]
By The Monkey Cage | Published: August 16, 2012
If policy influence becomes so unequal that the wishes of most citizens are ignored most of the time, a country’s claim to be a democracy is cast in doubt. And that is exactly what I found in my analyses of the link between public preferences and government policy in the U.S.