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Harvard Kennedy School

SUP-205: Inequality and Social Policy

Description: This course will explore the research literature on social inequality and its application in social policy. Emphasis will be placed on institutions that mediate the transmission and reproduction of inequality, including families, schools, neighborhoods, labor markets, the social welfare system, and the criminal justice system. Lectures will focus on recent empirical trends and theories about the causes and consequences of inequality. Interactive sessions will feature policy interventions that aim to reduce the social problems associated with inequality. 

Faculty: Devah Pager

Source: At (accessed 20 January 2014)


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles provide candidates for topic titles to be developed by the Atlas: 

  • What do we Know about Inequality?
  • Is Inequality a Problem?
  • Racial Inequality
  • Discrimination 
  • Gender Inequality
  • Class and Mobility
  • Inequality in American Families
  • Educational Inequality
  • Inequality in Higher Education
  • Neighborhood Inequality
  • Labor Market Inequality
  • Welfare and Inequality
  • Punishment and Inequality
  • Politics and Inequality

Page created by: Ian Clark, 20 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.




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