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Race, Poverty, and Inequality

The vast majority of research at IHDSC focuses on populations that face social or economic disparities. Institute researchers are particularly interested in how human development is affected by poverty or inequality, and explore this topic through settings and processes such as neighborhood disinvestment, income insecurity and instability, racial and economic discrimination, persistent segregation, intergenerational mobility, or economic scarcity. Key goals of this research are to identify paths and programs that lead toward greater opportunities for success and to influence social policy so that people have increased access to high quality services.

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Approaches to Protect Children's Access to Health and Human Services

This report provides an overview of the impacts of both the pre-existing policies on program benefit use and the enforcement climate and furthering of restrictions on legal immigrants’ access to public benefits on children and youth development, as well as some of the policy responses that can potentially mitigate these adverse impacts.

We Know Better: The Evidence on Children Seeking Refuge

The current crisis at the southern border of the United States is a refugee crisis, provoked by immigration policies across administrations. As scientists who study children’s development in some of the most volatile and violent contexts in the world, we feel compelled to share what we have learned over the course of our own work.