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Gender gap continues in higher ed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Male faculty, staff­, and administrators at U.S. colleges and universities continue to earn more than females in the same positions, and the trend plays out beyond the academy as well. In "Plenty of Work Remains in Effort to Close Higher Ed Gender Pay Gap," Associate Professor of Economics John Friedman says, “We know there is a gender imbalance in employment at some of the occupations at the very top of the income distribution." Friedman is a co-author of the Equality of Opportunity Project, which uses "big data to identify new pathways to upward mobility."

(Distributed April 13, 2017)

Data for improving policies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Using data to "promote good policies for individual and communities" was the focus of a recent SAGE Connection webinar, "The New Big Science: Linking Data to Understand People in Context," for which Associate Professor of Population Studies (Research) Elizabeth Fussell served as a panelist. The event highlighted research from a recent issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, which included Fussell's co-authored article "Weather-Related Hazards and Population Change." The webinar can be viewed here.
(Distributed April 13, 2017)

Housing assistance and health

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – "Improvements in housing can lead to improvements in health," says former PSTC Postdoctoral Fellow Andrew Fenelon, in "HUD Housing Assistance, But Not Vouchers, Linked To Improvement in Health Measurements." Fenelon, now an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, co-authored a recent study, along with PSTC Trainee Patrick Mayne (Sociology) and others. They found that "Housing assistance is associated with improved health and psychological well-being for individuals entering public housing and multifamily housing programs."
(Distributed April 10, 2017)

Costs of separating undocumented families

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A new proposal from the Department of Homeland Security to separate children and parents who illegally cross the U.S. border aims to strengthen the border but could actually cost the nation in multiple ways. In "Breaking families apart: The moral and economic costs to the US," Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver calls the proposal "a misguided and failed attempt to deter migration." She says, "It costs a lot less to let an undocumented taxpayer raise her own child, than it does to separate mother from child and devote additional tax dollars to an imperfect foster care solution."

(Distributed April 6, 2017)

Does college level the playing field?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent study co-authored by Associate Professor of Economics John Friedman examines income mobility rates among low-income students and highlights colleges with potential to serve as engines of upward mobility. "Colleges Can Level The Playing Field For Low-Income Students" looks at schools in the Atlanta area included in the study. "Study Finds Low-Income Students Do Well After Vanderbilt, But Few Attend In The First Place" examines the student body at Vanderbilt University.  "Maybe College Isn't the Great Equalizer" contrasts this research with another study with differing results.

(Distributed April 4, 2017)
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