Chicago Workshop on Black-White Inequality

History and Purpose of the Workshop
In 2006, the Searle Freedom Trust provided support for the Chicago Workshop on Black-White Inequality to conduct a three-year series of semi-annual conferences that explore various aspects of black-white inequality and why relative progress for blacks in the United States stopped in many respects during the past two decades. The Workshop is concerned with inequality in education, health, and family structures, as well as income.

The Working Group
The Workshop is run by six distinguished professors from universities around the country.
[Our Core working group]

The Recent Meeting, October 10, 2008

The fifth meeting of the Chicago Workshop on Black-White Inequality was convened on Friday, October 10th at the University of Chicago's Swift Hall.  Below is the schedule for the most recent workshop with links to the papers that were presented.

8:30- 8:40 am  Opening remarks, Workshop Director Derek Neal, University of Chicago

8:40- 9:20 am

"Crime and the American Prison Boom"

Bruce Western, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

9:20- 10:00 am

Steven Raphael, Richard & Rhonda Goldman School of Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley

10:00- 10:20 am  
Discussant Jeffrey Grogger
                             Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy,
University of Chicago


10:20- 10:40 am   Open Discussion 

11:00- 11:40 am

Nicola Persico, New York University

11:40- 12:00 pm    Discussant: John Kennan
                               University of Wisconsin, Madison

12:00- 12:15 pm   Open Discussion

1:00- 2:00 pm

James Heckman, University of Chicago

2:20- 3:00 pm

Amee Kamdar, Becker Center, University of Chicago

3:00- 3:20 pm    Discussant: Rosa Minhyo Cho
                           Brown University

3:20- 3:40 pm    Open Discussion

Past Meetings

December 14, 2007 - University of Chicago 

June 21, 2007 - Institute for Research on Poverty

December 15, 2006 - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

April 21, 2006 - University of Chicago

Workshop Newsletters
                  Yearly Updates on the Workshop's Activities

Summer 2008 Chicago Workshop on Black-White Inequality Newsletter

Spring 2007 Chicago Workshop on Black-White Inequality

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