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November CORE Week Explores Equality

People standing in a room discussing at Core Week

CORE Week, a signature program hosted by the Richmond Fed’s Research department, featured 18 presenters and visiting economists in November who engaged on a variety of timely economic research topics.

CORE Week, which stands for the Collaboration of Research Economists (CORE), is hosted eight times a year and brings together Richmond Fed economists and visiting economists from a range of disciplines for seminars, conferences, networking and collaboration.

During the November 7 – 10 program, researchers explored the relationship between various economic indicators and societal inequalities. Featured presentations included: “Urban Renewal, Gentrification, and Inequality: Evidence from Chicago Public Housing Demolitions” presented by Milena Almagro; “Is There a Stable Relationship Between Unemployment and Future Inflation?” presented by Callum Jones; and “How Important Is Health Inequality for Lifetime Earnings Inequality?” presented by Karen Kopecky.

The week culminated with the Race and Economic Outcomes Conference. “We were extremely excited to host some of the leading scholars on this topic,” shared John Jones, vice president of microeconomic analysis and co-organizer of the conference.

The numerous presentations delivered during the conference included: “Incarceration, Unemployment, and the Racial Marriage Divide” presented by Elizabeth Caucutt; “Recessions and Long-run Racial Economic Inequality” presented by Andria Smythe; and “What the Students for Fair Admissions Cases Reveal about Racial Preferences” presented by Peter Arcidiacono. The keynote address, “The Boss Is Watching: How Monitoring Decisions Hurt Black Workers,” was presented by Kevin Lang.

According to Urvi Neelakantan, senior policy economist and conference co-organizer, “The topic of racial disparities is obviously of interest for its own sake. But we also wanted the conference program to reflect the connections between race and the Fed’s core economic concerns, such as monetary policy, employment and business cycles.”

The next CORE Week program will be held in December and will include the Secular Trends in Macroeconomics and Firm Dynamics Conference.

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