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Center for the Study of Inequality


The CESR Center for the Study of Inequality (CCSI) aims to serve as a vehicle to support, disseminate and communicate research on the causes of inequality. Topics of interest to CCSI are: the substantial disparities in health, human capital (e.g., education), and economic outcomes between socioeconomic and racial groups; the role of early childhood endowments, circumstances and parental investments in explaining later-life disparities; and the causes of inequality in wealth, health, longevity and human capital, between nations.

The Center aims to develop integrated approaches to these issues, developing theory to explain empirical findings and make predictions, and conduct empirical structural- as well as reduced-form analyses. The center brings together researchers from various disciplines within the University of Southern California’s (USCs) research community as well as distinguished researchers from outside of USC, in such fields as economics (of health, human capital, labor, development, and growth), epidemiology, psychology, demography, gerontology, public health, biology and genetics.

The center seeks to stimulate collaboration and communication between CCSI researchers and develop an infrastructure for its members and the broader research community. The center also seeks to inform policy makers and the general public to raise awareness and assist policy making. CCSI members actively pursue sources of funding for the center, such as from foundations, to support its activities. Initial support is provided by CESR and by a National Institute on Aging K02 award (K02 AG042452).

If you are interested in learning more about the center or in being added to our mailing list, please contact the Director, Titus Galama (galama@usc.edu)
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