Re-Segregation addressed at GIS Institute

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The semi-annual GIS Institute wrapped up with a full day of presentations from 16 participants, who joined the Institute from departments across campus, including Anthropology, History of Art and Architecture, Public Health, and Sociology. PSTC Trainee Amanda Zagame (Sociology) presented her project, “Is Re-Segregation on the Rise in Boston?” She used 2000 and 2010 census data to “examine the demographic characteristics of Boston residents at the block-group level” in order to “reveal the level of segregation in the city as a whole.” Read more...

(Distributed June 16, 2015)

Congressional hearing on incarceration

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Incarceration rates for African Americans in the U.S. far outpace those for the rest of the population, said PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics Glenn Loury during a Congressional hearing on a recent report, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences. Loury noted the serious implications for the communities from which the incarcerated individuals come. The briefing was televised on C-SPAN and can be viewed here.

(Distributed June 15, 2015)

Economic growth in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Boosting the Rhode Island economy with incentives and tax breaks for developers has its pros and cons. It could lead to more empty buildings in Providence, says PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics Matthew Turner in “R.I. economy: No clear verdict on Raimondo’s plan to kick-start growth,” published in the Providence Journal. Simplifying the permitting process for building occupancy could be one solution to the problem, Turner says.

(Distributed June 12, 2015)
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