Within the Economics department, many faculty have research that addresses issues of diversity and inequality. Here are some examples of papers written or published in recent years.

Felipe Goncalves
Assistant Professor of Economics

“My commitment to becoming an economist grew out of my interest in issues of race in America. I discovered economics in high school in Alabama when studying the debate over affirmative action. I encountered an article by two economists arguing that the discussion around affirmative action ignored how the intentions of various proposed policies differed from the likely outcomes they would generate. I was drawn in by their appeal to thinking about individuals’ incentives and understanding the empirical realization of policy. I was amazed by the tools economics offered to make clear and falsifiable statements about politically charged topics. Ever since, my interest in economics has been based on its value for understanding important social issues related to race and inequality.”