Poverty & Inequality

Poverty & Inequality

OPR affiliated faculty are some of the nation’s foremost researchers on poverty and social inequality in the United States.  Collectively, their work has had a significant impact on social policy.  An important emphasis of OPR faculty is city life and the urban poor (Edin), with studies that focus on crime and urban poverty (Sharkey), housing insecurity and eviction (Desmond; The Eviction Lab), low-income fathers (Nelson), and the relationship between government institutions and the urban poor (Fernandez-Kelly). OPR researchers have examined racial residential segregation in American cities and its consequences for poverty, academic achievement, and health among African Americans (Massey; Sharkey), the role of family structure, race, and social class in child outcomes (Espenshade; The Future of Families and Child Wellbeing), the influence of racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities on educational and health outcomes (Jennings; Conley), racial differences in health and labor-market outcomes between U.S.-born and foreign-born individuals in the United States (Hamilton). 


Dalton Conley

  • Connected Learning Research Network
  • Genetic analysis of the Dutch Hunger Winter Families Study to Boost Rigor and Robustness for Testing In-Utero Famine Effects on Aging-Related Health Conditions and Biological Aging
  • GxE and Health Inequality Over the Life Course
  • Understanding the Interplay of Genes and Environment in U.S. Families to Improve Child Health: Evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics

Matthew Desmond

  • Eviction in America
  • Eviction in America: Law, Housing and Poverty
  • Eviction Lab Project Proposal: Engaging Communities through Housing Data and Stories
  • Housing Precarity, Eviction, and Inequality in the Wake of COVID-19
  • Justice and Poverty Project
  • The Eviction Lab (BMGF)
  • The Eviction Lab (JPB)
  • Understanding the American Child Welfare System

Kathryn Edin

  • Computational examination of threat and reward constructs in a predominantly low-income, longitudinal sample at increased risk for internalizing disorders
  • Deepening Our Understanding of America’s Most Vulnerable Communities
  • The Future of Families and Child Wellbeing & the Transition to Adulthood (BMGF)
  • The Future of Families and Child Wellbeing and the Transition to Adulthood (NIH)
  • The National Poverty Study
  • Support the The Future of Families and Child Wellbeing, Systems-Involved Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood follow-up survey activities
  • Support for the The Future of Families and Child Wellbeing panel study
  • Assessing the impact of Place-Based and Place-Conscious Interventions on Economic Mobility

Faculty Members