Social Impact Research from Leading Faculty

Social ImpactCourses At UChicagoThe Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation supports groundbreaking social impact research from some of the world’s most brilliant minds. And once the work is done, we strive to share the findings with people working on big problems, in hopes of making their work more effective.

Chicago Booth Social Impact Research By The Numbers

Grow Movement

Want to leverage your Booth MBA to help create long-term economic impact?

Apply to the Grow Movement Volunteer Consultant Program, which connects Booth MBAs with small business founders in Rwanda to provide remote, strategic consulting support.

According to research from Pradeep Chintagunta, the Joseph T. and Bernice S. Lewis Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing at Chicago Booth, entrepreneurs see an average 27 percent increase in sales after participating in the program.

Learn more about the program here and apply by Sunday, July 26

What We've Learned

COVID-19 Social Impact Research

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation have embarked on a series of joint research projects to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on small businesses and households.

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Current Studies

Research Professionals

Rustandy Center research professionals participate in Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC), a program that aims to serve as a bridge to doctoral programs in the quantitative sciences. 

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Economics of Social Sector Organizations

Research Conferences

In 2016, Booth hosted the inaugural conference on the Economics of Social Sector Organizations with the Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. At the conference, Booth professor Luigi Zingales and Nobel laureate Oliver Hart of Harvard University presented their paper, “Should a Company Pursue Shareholder Value?” More than 40 faculty from universities across the world shared their research findings and participated in discussions.

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Visiting Fellows

Visiting Fellows

The Rustandy Center hosts fellows visiting from other academic institutions to facilitate collaboration with Booth faculty.

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Data Sources

Data Sources

Developing new data and providing access to existing data makes inquiry possible for faculty and students researching the social sector.

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Research Funding

The Rustandy Center awards social research funding to Booth faculty and PhD students.

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Research Papers

Research Papers

Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? Does the disclosure of family income affect college admissions decisions? Booth faculty have tackled these and other intriguing social impact research topics in recent years.

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