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 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.