Brandeis, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, The Institute for Economic and Racial Equity

The Institute for Economic and Racial Equity 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.

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.

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National Wealth Trends & The Challenges of Local Data

Our researchers and the team at Boston Indicators highlight racial wealth trends nationally and speak to the trouble of local data.

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The Women’s Lunch Place Outreach Advocacy Initiative: Evaluation of Implementation

Learn how the Women's Lunch Place Outreach Advocacy Initiative is addressing the complex needs of unhoused women in the City of Boston.

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Healthcare Training Tracking

The training programs healthcare professionals enter at the beginning of their career have a significant impact on their career pathways. Learn how interventions in healthcare training can reduce racial wage disparities.

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They have to do something about that debt: Pigford and the Broken Promise of Debt Relief for Black Farmers

By Sylvia Stewart, Tom Shapiro, Tauren Nelson, Sha'Von Terrell, and Dãnia Davy

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