Chicago Workshop on Black-White Inequality



Working Group

December 14, 2007 Workshop

June 21, 2007 Workshop

December 15, 2006 Workshop

April 21, 2006 Workshop


Core Working Group

Kerwin Charles
Kerwin Charles is the Steans Family Professor in Education Policy in the Harris School and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on a range of subjects in the broad area of empirical labor economics. His work has examined the effect of abortion legalization on outcomes for children born around the time of legalization; how the racial composition of neighborhoods affects the social connections people make; causes for the dramatic convergence in completed schooling between recent generations of American men and women; the effect of retirement on subjective well being; how wealth is propagated across generations within a family; and many dimensions of the effect of health shocks, including the effect on family stability and labor supply. In ongoing work, he is studying the assortative mating in economic models, and labor supply responses to anticipated expenses.

Greg Duncan
Greg Duncan is Edwina S. Tarry Professor, School of Education and Social Policy; Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University and Director, Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research. Duncan has published extensively on issues of income distribution, child poverty and welfare dependence. Duncan is a member of the interdisciplinary Family and Child Well-Being Research Network of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy.

Roland Fryer
Roland Fryer is Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard University.  His research has included an examination of the effect of attending historically black colleges and universities, an empirical analysis of "acting white", consequences of affirmative action programs, the psychological basis of racial bias, empirical studies of the achievement gap between white and black students, and the sociology of "black culture".

James Heckman
James Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as director of the Economics Research Center and the Center for Social Program Evaluation. Heckman's work has been devoted to the development of a scientific basis for economic policy evaluation, with special emphasis on models of individuals and disaggregated groups, and to the problems and possibilities created by heterogeneity, diversity, and unobserved counterfactual states. He also does research on human development and lifecycle skill formation. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the John Bates Clark Award of the American Economic Association in 1983, the 2000 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (with Daniel McFadden), and the 2005 Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Labor Economics.

Steven Levitt
Steven Levitt is Director of the Initiative on Chicago Price Theory , and Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. Levitt's research includes a wide range of topics such as the economic aspects of crime, corruption, sports, and education. In 2003, he received the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association.

Derek Neal
Derek Neal is the Director of the Chicago Workshop on Black-White Inequality and Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. His current research focuses on measuring black-white labor market inequality and its causes. In related work, he is trying to understand the determinants of the black-white skill gap among young persons as well as black-white differences in family structure.