Boston’s High-Tech Plan to Tackle Income Inequality

By Susan Crawford


September 27, 2017

One thing we know about Boston, a great US city whose metro area is home to some great American universities (including my employer, Harvard), is that its African-American and Latino populations aren’t capturing their shares of opportunities these days. What if one key ‘result’ that Boston wants and needs is greater social mobility for all of its people? What contribution will data make to ‘drive’ that result? And how will public policy need to change to take that data into account? The city is about to announce a fascinating new start of an answer: an Economic Mobility Lab, housed in the Mayor’s Office.

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