Research. Health. Assets. Change.

The Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (formerly IASP), is a research institute that advances economic opportunity and equity for individuals and families, particularly households of color and those kept out of the economic mainstream.

For over a decade as the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP), our institute has furthered the understanding that assets and wealth are critical to household wellbeing and that all families should have access to the resources and opportunities needed to participate fully in social and economic life. Now, as IERE, we continue that work, but we are pressing into new focus areas that contribute to inequity to bring ourselves to holistic solutions for injustice. Working at the intersections of academia, policy, and practice, IERE partners with diverse communities to transform structures, policies, and narratives. Grounded in a social justice tradition, our research informs strategic action for racial and economic justice to achieve an inclusive, equitable society.

Recent Publications

Looking to the Future: The Children’s Savings Field Reacts to COVID and Racial Equity

Based on the results of a national survey conducted in late 2020, this report focuses on the perceived impacts of COVID-19 and racial equity movements on the CSA field, how programs would like to respond to their communities’ emerging needs, and what resources programs will require to address these new and evolving needs.

From Rapid Response to Empowerment Economics: Funder Strategies for Shifting Wealth and Power Beyond 2020

Drawing on interviews with foundations and grantmakers across the country, From Rapid Response to Empowerment Economics shares funder perspectives on building long-term, equitable practices across the philanthropic field to further racial and economic equity.

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Accelerating Equity and Justice

In our current landscape of uncertainty, “Accelerating Equity and Justice” provides a plan to disrupt poverty and put our nation on the path to equity, freedom, and justice for all. Through combining Basic Income and Kids’ Assets Accounts, we can eliminate income and asset poverty and come closer to true racial equity.

More Publications

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IERE's Funders Brief

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are studying the widespread social and economic effects of the virus, as well as ways that stakeholders, for instance, the Children’s Savings Accounts field, have adapted to the pandemic. In the coming months and years, we will be broadening our focus to include more of the areas in which structural racism reinforces inequities, including education, health, and the legal system (see Figure 1).

 

 

COVID-19 Response: What's Now, What's Next

 

Our Focus Areas

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Racial Wealth and Economic Equity

Inequality is not merely about access to resources and assets, but rather, that similar accomplishments convert to financial gain differentially by race. Racial wealth gaps among younger adults grow dramatically over the life course. Our findings emphasize the importance of policy changes rather than behavioral changes in the broader effort to build an inclusive economy. 

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Work and Opportunity Pathways

For most Americans, work continues to be a primary source of income and identity. Yet work and wealth pathways that functioned for many in the past have shifted, and there is increasing awareness about patterns of exclusion that shape these paths. Our research focuses on the factors that break down the work and wealth pathways in our economy. 

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Housing and Community Stability

Stable communities are critical for family well-being and economic security. Central to stable communities are housing stability and high-quality community-based resources. Our work focuses on a issues including housing and homelessness, housing-based asset building initiatives, and entrenched inequality in access to community resources. 

Our Work
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“While income is much like a river, which ebbs and flows with the environment, wealth is a reservoir, available to be drawn upon in times of need.” – Thomas Shapiro