Kids in tough neighborhoods face joblessness, lower income as adults

ITHACA, N.Y. – For decades researchers have known kids who grow up in disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to face a slew of difficulties in childhood, from higher rates of teen pregnancy and health problems to less education. A new Cornell University study now shows a child’s neighborhood also impacts her economic well-being into adulthood. […]

Metro housing costs create cascade of problems for middle class

Robert H. Frank, professor of economics and management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and author of Falling Behind: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class, says that as real estate prices in large metropolitan areas continue to soar, the middle class people who provide essential services ­– teachers, police and firefighters – […]

NYC homeless shelter expansion plan a Band-Aid, not solution

The city will square off with Crown Heights residents in court Friday morning looking to delay or stop the opening of a homeless shelter on Bergen Street. Mayor de Blasio recently announced plans to open 90 new shelters over five years, in hopes of tackling the decades-long homelessness crisis in New York City. Laura Tach, […]

Census poverty numbers are a snapshot, not full picture

This morning, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its poverty numbers for 2015. The expectation is that the number will likely approximate the poverty rate from the year before. Tom Hirschl, sociologist and co-author of “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes,” says the problem with these estimates is that they only provide […]

Connecticut court order offers opportunity for equitable education

This week, a judge in Connecticut ordered state officials to develop plans for a major overhaul of its public education system, and said the state was “defaulting in its constitutional duty” to educate children in poor communities. Sofia Villenas, a professor of Anthropology at Cornell University who studies education, citizenship and social movements, says that […]

Cornell labor experts to offer sneak peek at job creation plan to confront climate crisis

WHO: Lara Skinner, associate director of Cornell’s ILR Worker Institute, and Worker Institute Fellow J. Mijin Cha will preview final recommendations of their upcoming report, “Climate Jobs Program for NYS: Reversing Inequality, Combating Climate Change.” Skinner and Cha will also talk about the steps needed to create thousands of sustainability-focused jobs in New York City […]

Overall sense of satisfaction shrinks when inequality widens

ITHACA, N.Y. – In their seminal 2010 study, Nobel laureates Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton of Princeton demonstrated that higher income improves one’s life satisfaction but not one’s emotional well-being. Building off of that research, Cornell’s Richard Burkhauser has co-authored a research paper that contends a person’s satisfaction drops as the percentage of overall income […]

Raising wages won’t solve income inequality, but will help poor Americans

Two of the nation’s largest states – California and New York – are exploring proposals to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Kim Weeden, director of the Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell University, says while raising the minimum wage will unlikely decrease the levels of income inequality, it would make […]

Trump’s anticipated absence from the debate shines light on big business of presidential campaigns

Adam Seth Levine is assistant professor of government at Cornell University and author of “American Insecurity: Why Our Economic Fears Lead to Political Inaction”. He believes Trump’s refusal to participate in the FOX-hosted debate is an agenda-setting move that questions a key part of traditional campaigning. Levine says: “Everyone is talking about the Megyn Kelly […]

Cornell scholars speak out on Pope’s visit

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Sept. 21, 2015 Cornell experts analyze the social issues Pope Francis is expected to address on his U.S. visit Pope Francis will make his first trip to the United States this week, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. He is expected to address income inequality, climate change, […]