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Urban Policy Analysis and Management



Students in the Urban Policy Management program learn the theories, techniques and practices necessary for improving the quality of life for urban communities. Click here to find out more.

Professor Darrick Hamilton’s Baby Bonds Proposal Referenced in The Nation

Darrick_HamiltonA recent article published in The Nation proposes three ideas for programs that will make #BlackLivesMatter. Professor Darrick Hamilton’s proposal for “Baby Bonds” (co-authored with William A. Darity Jr.) is proposed as option #3. The article reads:

The political challenges to implementing a reparations program—which we support—were daunting from the outset and are now possibly prohibitive. To address this dilemma, Duke University’s William A. Darity Jr. and the New School’s Darrick Hamilton have proposed another innovative program that they estimate would close the wealth gap within a few generations.

Hamilton and Darity have advocated for federal job guarantee and revision of tax code that privileges assets of wealthy.





Professor Darrick Hamilton interviewed on NPR Marketplace

Darrick_HamiltonIn an interview on December 14, Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Policy Darrick Hamilton discussed the growing wealth gap that is widening along racial lines in the United States. Research indicates that a major driver of the divide is the disparity in asset wealth. 

In the Spring 2015 semester, Professor Hamilton will co-teach a new class, Public Policy in Action: Advancing Social Equity in America, with Dean Michelle DePass.  The course will examine how public policy can serve as a vehicle to reverse the trend towards inequality and advance economic and social inclusion in the context of evolving demographic, economic, and political shifts in America.





Professor Jeff Smith Discusses Topics from his E-Book ‘Ferguson in Black and White’

Urban Policy Professor Jeff Smith has been a vocal expert in the aftermath of the death of Michael Brown, the Grand Jury decision not to indict the police officer involved in the shooting, and the tensions of racial and class inequality simmering and boiling over in St. Louis and other cities across the U.S.  On December 2nd, Jeff Smith discussed his new E-book “Ferguson in Black and White”, with a brief commentary from Justyn Richardson, Treasurer of New Black School and Milano Urban Policy student.  The discussion is an example of the importance of creating a space where members of The New School community and the larger New York City community can come together to speak about and better understand these issues.



The Lab Experience

The Urban Policy Lab is designed to expose students to real-time, client-based policy analysis. Lab clients include a wide array of public agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Recent public sector clients include the New York City departments of Corrections, Design and Construction, Housing Preservation and Development, Parks and Recreation, and Probation; the Mayor’s Office for Environmental Coordination, the Mayor’s Office for Food Policy, and the Mayor’s Office for Operations; the New York City Housing Authority; and several members of the New York City Council.

Recent nonprofit clients include the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Citizens Committee for New York City, Community Environmental Center and its affiliate Build it Green, Human Service Council, Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders, Southwest Leadership Academy (a charter school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and WEACT for Environmental Justice.

“The CEC has consistently received incisive analysis and actionable recommendations from Milano students.”

Richard M. Cherry
President and CEO, Community Environmental Center (CEC)

Find out What Our Clients Say about the Urban Policy Lab.
Read about the Urban Policy Lab Projects.



Lisa Servon’s New York Times OP-ED Looks At The Cost of Using Banks

lisaLisa Servon is a Professor of Urban Policy at The New School, but has worked briefly at Check Center and RiteCheck in the South Bronx to better understand why so many people are using check cashers and payday lenders, prepaid cards, and lending and savings circles instead of banks.  In the OP-ED Servon highlights the staggering number of Americans that are “unbanked”, nearly 25 million.  Another 68 million Americans are “underbanked”, meaning they have bank accounts but also rely on alternative financial services such as payday loans and prepaid cards.


The problem, according to Servon’s piece, “is not that people are unbanked, but that banks are becoming too prohibitively expensive for people to use them”.  The fees and charges associated with formal banking services often deter people from using their services and in some cases the barrier to entry is too great for America’s low-income population to access.