Natural disasters widen wealth gap between whites and blacks

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionJames Elliott“Across the United States, communities are experiencing increases in the frequency and severity of natural disasters,” said Elliott, a professor and department chair of sociology at Rice and a fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. “The prevalence of these damages is worrisome enough, but equally disconcerting are the social inequalities they can leave in their wake.”Elliott said natural disasters were responsible for an increase in inequality between homeowners and renters in the hardest hit areas during 1999-2013. The biggest gaps in wealth were between whites and blacks.“The longitudinal study on which these findings are based was motivated by the reality that “these events keep happening,” Elliott said. “This is not a California problem, this is not a Texas problem, this is not a Florida problem. It’s an American problem.”The paper, “As Disaster Costs Rise, So Does Inequality,” is available online. Elliott’s previous work on this topic, together with lead author Junia Howell of the University of Pittsburgh and Rice’s Kinder Institute, is available here.For more information or to schedule an interview with Elliott, contact him directly at [email protected] Rice is closed for winter break from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-This news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Photo link: credit: UniversityJim Elliott bio: Elliott photo: credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you would rather not receive future communications from RiceUniversity2, let us know by clicking here.RiceUniversity2, Public Affairs – MS610 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1827 United States ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid [email protected] [email protected] disasters widen wealth gap between whites and blacksRice expert available to discuss HOUSTON – (Dec. 20, 2018) – From wildfires to hurricanes, it’s been a year full of natural disasters in the U.S. Jim Elliott, a Rice University sociologist and co-author of a recent paper about disasters’ role in the growth of the wealth gap between whites and blacks, is available to discuss this topic as the year draws to a close. James Elliottcenter_img AddThislast_img

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