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— Raj Chetty (Keynote address at the 9th National Housing Mobility Conference. September 20, 2023)
—Elizabeth H. DeBray, Philip Tegeler, Ariel H. Bierbaum, & Andrew J. Greenlee
—Alliance for Housing Justice
Nearly 70 years ago, the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education framed racial segregation as the cause of educational inequality. But Brown and its progeny never seriously examined the ways in which inadequate school funding is intertwined with race and segregation—and places students of color in a double bind. The country has consistently slipped backward on school segregation for the last several decades and never really got started on related problems of how we fund schools. The authors in this issue highlight these interconnections, examine their effects on equal educational opportunities, and chart a path for addressing segregation and school funding in tandem.
—Derek Black, Guest Editor
April-July 2023 Issue Articles
Racial capitalism, tenant power, and social housing
Racial capitalism. Social housing. These terms are widely used, but thinly understood. They are easily abstracted and readily made fodder for theoretical discussion detached from lived realities. This issue brings together organizers and academics to consider the relevance and meaning of racial capitalism and social housing from a perspective grounded in struggle, experience, and attentiveness to the dynamics of the U.S. political economy. The authors offer insights on the material stakes of racial capitalism, the reasons it necessitates building movements for tenant power, and the policy pathways that impede or facilitate efforts to treat housing as a social good rather than a profit generating commodity. — Jamila Michener, guest editor
January-March 2023 Issue Articles
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Reflections on social capital, integration, and upward mobility
This past August, economist Raj Chetty and colleagues published two new papers in Nature, based on a massive dataset and accompanied by detailed maps on Opportunity Insights’ new Social Capital Atlas, that continue to build the economic case for integration – bringing children together within communities, schools, and institutions, and across class differences. Using Facebook data linked to IRS and other datasets, the study made an empirical comparison of three classic forms of social capital and found that “connectedness between different types of people, such as those with low vs. high socioeconomic status” was the strongest predictor of upward economic mobility for low income children – and that these positive impacts were further enhanced by the degree to which children were living and going to school in places where “friending bias” (the tendency to be connected to people in your own SES group) was lowest. Policymakers and advocates were already indebted to Professor Chetty and his co-authors for their 2015 finding that children who move from high poverty to low poverty neighborhoods when they are young have dramatically improved outcomes as adults, and this new research has brought us closer to understanding the mechanisms that drive these outcomes. As the following essays illustrate, Chetty’s findings have crucial lessons for federal housing programs, land use, housing mobility, and school integration.