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Papay finds widening educational inequality in Massachusetts

June 30, 2020

While Papay and his colleagues found that college enrollment has increased among all student demographic groups, the education system is not yet “the great equalizer” that educator Horace Mann envisioned.

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Mason teams up with doctoral student to investigate COVID-19 experiences in China

June 12, 2020

The project will integrate interviews, media analysis and observation on the ground to understand how Chinese people in Shanghai with different experiences share and interpret information about COVID-19 during this...

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PSTC trainees graduating

May 22, 2020

Five PSTC trainees will receive their PhDs from Brown this weekend.


PSTC Awards Seed Funding for COVID-19 Research

May 12, 2020

Three faculty associates have received support for research projects exploring COVID-19 and its consequences at the population level.

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Owens named WT Grant Foundation Scholar

May 1, 2020

The WT Grant Foundation funds research focused on improving outcomes for America’s children and youth, with a particular focus on how to reduce inequality as well as how policymakers and practitioners use research...

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McGarvey uses archaeological records and genome analysis to understand Samoan population history

April 28, 2020

Faculty associate Stephen McGarvey and colleagues use both archaeological and genomic evidence to study early Samoan populations.


Bias in Estimating Income Segregation in the U.S.

April 24, 2020

New work by PSTC faculty associates Logan and Foster highlights systematic bias in estimating income segregation in the U.S.

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Timing of school closures, COVID-19 transmission, and academic Twitter

April 17, 2020

Emily Rauscher discusses her recent work on COVID-19 and Twitter's role in sharing research.


Demography and COVID-19: Reflections from PSTC Faculty Associates

April 13, 2020

Three PSTC faculty associates comment on how their areas of expertise might be relevant in understanding the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the News

Emily Oster

Parents Can't Wait Around Forever

July 2, 2020 | The Atlantic | Emily Oster

Faculty associate Emily Oster discusses the need for better data on kids, schools, and COVID-19.


Faculty associate John Logan's work on residential income segregation is cited.


Faculty associate John Friedman comments on consumer spending during the coronavirus pandemic.


Faculty associate John Friedman comments on the potential long-term economic effects of the pandemic.

Emily Oster

Faculty associate Emily Oster comments on how parents should assess risks associated with Covid-19.

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Faculty associate Kate Mason comments on her early assumptions about Covid-19.

Faculty associate John Friedman comments on unemployment during the COVID pandemic.

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Faculty associate Michael White comments on the potential for population shifts in New York City due to the coronavirus.