Institute for Economic and Racial Equity

About IERE

For over a decade the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) has furthered the understanding that assets and wealth are critical to household wellbeing and all families should have access to the resources and opportunities needed to participate fully in social and economic life. In 2020, under the Directorship of Maria Madison, we began the process of creating a vision for the future of the Institute and a new name, the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (IERE).

As IERE, we continue our assets-grounded research into racial wealth inequities, housing security, intergeneration wealth, and more. 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. We believe that focusing our research on just one or a handful of these problems is not enough. Rather, our research portfolio must reflect our understanding that both inequities and solutions to inequities flow across subjects, disciplines, and practices.  

Advancing a comprehensive policy agenda to further economic and racial equity requires both trained leaders, as well as public and community engagement at all levels. Through the PhD and Master of Public Policy programs at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, the Institute trains future academic leaders and policy practitioners to understand and discover new sources of data and advance new policy models to address issues of poverty, inequality, and economic security and well-being.