Economic Inequality: A Policy Series

January 30, 2020

On January 30, the New York Fed hosted a discussion on inequality in communities across the United States. Federal Reserve Bank of New York economists shared their research on various inequalities we observe around us, including those related to income, education, health, and other outcomes. Policy influencers and practitioners discussed the impacts of economic inequality in households and communities. The event highlighted the recent blog series, community data tools and how these trends are informing decision making and policy action in communities.


Event Details

Date & Time
Thursday, January 30, 2020
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The Museum & Learning Center
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045

This event was open to members of the public.


3:00pm - 3:30pm Registration (Bring a government-issued ID. Please allow 30 minutes for entrance and security screening.)
3:30pm - 3:40pm Welcome Remarks

David Erickson, SVP & Head of Outreach & Education, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
3:40pm - 3:45pm Listening to Voices & the LAB

Nora Fitzpatrick, Chief of Staff, Communications & Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
3:45pm - 4:45pm Inequality: What Does the Data Tell Us?

Moderator: Andrew Haughwout SVP and Policy Leader for Household/Regional, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Jaison R. Abel, AVP & Function Head, Regional Analysis Function
Rajashri Chakrabarti, Senior Economist, Microeconomic Studies Function
Fatih Karahan, Senior Economist, Microeconomic Studies Function
Maxim Pinkovskiy, Senior Economist, Microeconomic Studies Function
Wilbert van der Klaauw, SVP, Microeconomic Studies Function

They will be discussing posts from a recent blog series, including:

Some Places are Much More Unequal Than Others
Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz

Job Ladders and Careers
Faith Karahan, Brendan Moore, and Serdar Ozkan

Does U.S. Health Inequality Reflect Income Inequality—or Something Else?
Maxim Pinkovskiy

Who Borrows for College—and Who Repays?
Andrew Haughwout, Donghoon Lee, Joelle Scally, and Wilbert van der Klaauw

Is Free College the Solution to Student Debt Woes? Studying the Heterogeneous Impacts of Merit-Aid Programs
Rajashri Chakrabarti, William Nober, and Wilbert van der Klaauw
4:45pm - 5:45pm Inequality: Household & Community Impacts

Moderator: Claire Kramer Mills, Ph.D., AVP and Director, Community Development Analysis, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Marissa Muñoz, Northeast Director, Young Invincibles
Martha Ross, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
David Williams, Policy Director, Opportunity Insights
5:45pm - 7:00pm Networking Reception & Idea Boarding*

*Idea boards will be placed in the LAB for participants to provide views and ideas on the topic.Please note that the reception is closed to the press.

This event was open to the media. All remarks and panels were on-the-record, unless otherwise noted.


Explore the topic of heterogeneity in the United States through a series of blog posts published by the New York Fed.