Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality

News and Opportunities

New Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Policy

New this year! The CPI and the Department of Sociology are teaming up to offer a new minor in poverty, inequality, and policy. The interdisciplinary coursework provides state-of-the-art training in the causes of poverty and inequality and in bold new interventions to dramatically reduce poverty and inequality.
Welcome Back Students!

Would you like to become more involved in the CPI’s research, sign up for our new minor or certificate program, or otherwise participate in our many activities? To celebrate the start of the school year, we’re hosting a welcome reception. Please drop by and enjoy cupcakes, meet our staff, and learn more about what we do. Bring your friends! No RSVP required.

Thursday, September 27, 4:30-6:00pm, Building 370
Poverty Rate Remains High in “Boom Economy”

The supplemental poverty rate remained largely unchanged at 13.9 percent, according to data released last week by the Census Bureau. Median household income reached $61,372 in 2017, statistically no different than the median household income in 2007. 
The Legal Landscape of U.S. Immigration

The Russell Sage Foundation is soliciting papers for an upcoming journal issue on the intended and unintended consequences of the legal visa system and immigration law. Proposals are due by November 8, 2018.
CASBS Fellowship

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences has hosted generations of scholars, thinkers, and researchers who come for a year as fellows. Apply now for the 2019–20 fellowship! Applications are due by November 2, 2018. 

Pathways Magazine

Gender Inequality in Health

For women and men alike, life expectancy has stagnated for the last several years, primarily due to increases in drug poisoning deaths and in the suicide rate.
State Policy Choices

The welfare reform of 1996 was conceived as an experiment with radical decentralization of policy. How is that experiment faring?


Race, Employment, and a Criminal Record

In this video from our online course on poverty and inequality, CPI affiliate Devah Pager examines how a job applicant’s race and criminal history influences the likelihood of finding a job.
Criminal Justice and Discrimination

In a video from his “big data” course, CPI research group leader Raj Chetty examines how big data can be used to reduce discrimination in the criminal justice system. 

Talks and Events

Science, Civil Rights, and Black Lives Matter

Northwestern University professor Aldon Morris argues that W.E.B. Du Bois should be recognized as the founding father of scientific sociology in the United States.

Thursday October 4, Building 120, Studio 40, 12:30pm
Putting Humanity Back to Work?

Can professionals stay in the game even as their jobs are de-professionalized by automation and AI? Check out Vivienne Ming’s take on this key question.

Monday, November 5, location TBA, 7:30pm
Professional Cultures and Inequality in STEM

University of Michigan professor Erin Cech shows how professional cultures within STEM fields can disadvantage women and other underrepresented groups.

Wednesday, November 7, location TBA, 4:15pm

Featured Research

A selection of poverty and inequality papers recently released by CPI affiliates

A Relational Inequality Approach to First- and Second-Generation Immigrant Earnings in German Workplaces
Silvia Maja Melzer, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Reinhard Schunck, and Peter Jacobebbinghaus – Social Forces

Incarceration Spillovers in Criminal and Family Networks
Manudeep Bhuller, Gordon B. Dahl, Katrine V. Løken, and Magne Mogstad – NBER

Is Automation Labor-Displacing? Productivity Growth, Employment, and the Labor Share
David Autor and Anna Salomons – NBER

Prenatal Exposure to an Acute Stressor and Children’s Cognitive Outcomes
Florencia Torche – Demography

The Effects of Sexism on American Women: The Role of Norms vs. Discrimination
Kerwin Kofi Charles, Jonathan Guryan, and Jessica Pan – NBER
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The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, is partly supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Elfenworks Foundation, the Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, Sunlight Giving, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Ballmer Group, and The James Irvine Foundation.

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