Despite a number of traditional policy and legislative attempts to reduce inequality in the United States, far too many individuals are adversely affected by racial inequality, segregation, economic and wealth inequality, gender disparities, and other systemic barriers that prevent individuals from reaching their full potential. The Price Center conducts a wide range of research to address inequality across multiple spaces and policy areas in the United States and abroad.

Renewed activism on immigration issues has produced measures that offer emergency economic relief and access to health care for immigrants left out of federal programs.

Dr. Christine Beckman, Associate Director and Price Family Chair of Social Innovation co-authored a new book that chronicles working parents’ efforts to be Ideal Workers.

Associate Director Dr. Ann Owens reexamines income segregation from 1990 to 2010 and found that income segregation increased only among families with children.


Top Los Angeles County Public Schools for Underserved Students

Year: 2019

Our Top Public Schools for Underserved Students report highlights those schools closing the achievement gap for low-income African American and Latino students in Los Angeles County. Since 2015, we have produced this report annually for Bay Area schools. This is our first … Continue reading

California Dreaming: The New Dynamism in Immigration Federalism and Opportunities for Inclusion on a Variegated Landscape

Journal on Migration and Human Security

Year: 2018

Interactions between local, state and federal governments as regards immigration policies began to undergo a dramatic change with the passage of Proposition 187 in California in 1994. Seemingly settled issues over the relative prerogatives of different levels of government and … Continue reading

Racial Residential Segregation of School-Age Children and Adults: The Role of Schooling as a Segregating Force

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Year: 2017

Neighborhoods are critical contexts for children’s well-being, but differences in neighborhood inequality among children and adults are understudied. I document racial segregation between neighborhoods among school-age children and adults in 2000 and 2010 and find that though the racial composition … Continue reading

Designing Cash Transfer Programs for an Older Population

The Journal of the Economics of Ageing

Year: 2017

Aging populations and the prevalence of poverty in old age have led to the introduction of noncontributory pensions in many countries. We consider a number of alternative targeting approaches and simulate their effects in an empirical application in the State … Continue reading

Consumption Smoothing and Frequency of Benefit Payments of Cash Transfer Programs

American Economic Review

Year: 2017

We analyze two noncontributory Mexican pension programs for the elderly. Both paid similar amounts, but one paid monthly while the other paid every two months. The Life Cycle Hypothesis suggests frequency of benefits payments should not affect consumption smoothing, but … Continue reading

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