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Assets and Inequalities

Tom Shapiro, Concentration Chair

Tom Shapiro, Concentration Chair

The Assets and Inequalities policy concentration will enable students to develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of the causes, manifestations and consequences of social and economic inequalities, and prepares them for challenging careers developing research and policy that addresses and aims to eliminate these inequalities.

Focus of the Concentration

Students in the concentration will grapple with questions such as:

Graduates of the program assume roles as policy analysts, researchers, educators, program planners, and advocates. The concentration helps students achieve their goals through mentoring and advising, formal courses, colloquia, research responsibilities, and interaction with faculty.

Students in this concentration are advised by faculty and work on research projects directed by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, a research institute dedicated to promoting a better understanding of how assets and asset-building opportunities improve the well-being and financial stability of individuals and families left out of the economic mainstream.

Required Concentration Courses

Approved PhD Courses

Sample Dissertations