The Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute will host its inaugural fall Institute Research Conference on October 15, 2021. This event will showcase the range of frontier-style research that the Institute engages with and will promote a broad scholarly exchange of ideas around presented papers. Papers will discuss questions related to the Institute’s mission of supporting the Federal Reserve’s full employment mandate through research into how to enhance economic opportunity and achieve inclusive growth.
The event includes a keynote panel on Race in Economic Research: From One Dimension to Many. Race can shape many daily interactions and experiences. Because of this, it contributes to economic outcomes in a vast number of ways, yet research methods in economics often abstract from this complexity. To name just a few examples: Models require simplifying assumptions; data – particularly big, administrative data – limits measurement of race and experiences; and exploring long run group dynamics is challenging for a field that uses the individual as the foundational unit of analysis. More broadly, economists make numerous decisions over the course of an analysis that influence conclusions that can be drawn. Given this, how can researchers enrich and expand their study of questions related to race in economics? How can they evaluate the impact of analytical decisions on potential insights into racial disparities? This discussion will continue the Institute’s commitment to examining how economics can better illuminate ways that structures around race influence the allocation of economic resources.
In conjunction with the Fall Research Conference, the Institute is hosting a day-ahead mentoring conference to provide constructive feedback and networking opportunities to scholars up to 10 years post-Ph.D. As such, attendance will be by invitation only, and the event will not be recorded or posted later. We encourage you to visit participants’ web pages to engage with their scholarship and read the papers.
The Determinants of Racial Disparities in Housing Returns
Amir Kerman, University of California, Berkeley; Francis Wong, NBER