SUP-205: Inequality and Social Policy

Semester: Fall

Credit: 4.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Devah Pager


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 8/31
Meet Day M/W 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Taubman 275 (HKS)


This course examines inequality and poverty in the U.S.  The goals of the course are threefold: first, it will provide an in-depth examination of the nature and extent of inequality in the US, focusing on the 20th century and the dramatic rise in income inequality in recent decades.  Second, it will review different theories and the supporting empirical findings on the causes and consequences of inequality.  Third, it will develop analytical frameworks for evaluating and designing policy interventions targeted towards alleviating social inequality, with an emphasis on issues related to health care, education, discrimination, and the criminal justice system.

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