Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
315-859-4451 or 315-859-4894

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Program on Inequality and Equity

The Program on Inequality and Equity investigates the factors that affect the distribution of income, distribution of health outcomes, impact of policy on intergenerational equity, welfare analysis, discrimination, access to the legal system and the role of incentives, race, gender, and immigration. One such program is called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA, a service learning program). In the past, we have brought Robert P. Moses '56, Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, and Ronald Ferguson to campus to speak on inequality and equity. 

Paul HagstromPaul Hagstrom, director of the Program on Inequality and Equity, attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his master's and Ph.D. Since coming to Hamilton in 1991, Hagstrom has published many papers, mainly focusing on his interest and teaching field, the economics of poverty. His research now focuses on immigration and immigrant policy. Currently he is working on “The Role of Networks in Immigrant and Refugee Entrepreneurship.” He is also involved with the President’s Planning Committee and the Oral Communication Committee. He is a former director of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.

Program News

Sendhil Mullainathan
Economist Mullainathan Discusses Scarcity of Time and Money in Levitt Lecture

Whether tight on cash or short on time, many us understand the concept of scarcity. Although scarcity is often analyzed through the lens of economics, Sendhil Mullainathan, professor of economics at Harvard University, has added the lens of psychology to his work. Co-author of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, he explained the major concepts of his work to an overflowing Chapel audience on Oct. 23.  More ...