Inland Empire Paper Series

The Othering & Belonging Institute’s California Survey on Othering and Belonging found that 67 percent of Inland Empire residents either somewhat agreed or strongly agreed that economic inequality is a major problem in California. This set of papers was commissioned by the Blueprint for Belonging project as part of a research agenda aimed at better understanding and synthesizing the principal drivers of inequality in the Inland Empire region (Riverside and San Bernadino counties). 

Papers in this series examine key trends, dynamics, or structures shaping inequality through empirically-grounded analysis and perspective. In some cases, this includes analysis of data on economic trends and wealth/income distributions across the region, and with a lens on equity. In others, the papers are grounded in qualitative approaches that listen to the voices of the region’s residents, and analyze prevailing narratives. This transdisciplinary composition of papers is intentional. It allows for different entry points through which the authors build a body of critical insights on the state of inequality in the Inland Empire, and the intersecting economic, social, and political forces shaping the region.

This set of five papers include:

  1. "Inland Boom and Bust: Race, Place, and the Lasting Consequences of the Southern California Housing Bubble," by Kfir Mordechay

  2. "Manufactured Scarcity and the Inland Southern California Economy," by Sheheryar Kaoosji and Veronica Alvarado

  3. "Warehouse Employment as a Driver of Inequality in the Inland Empire: The Experiences of Young Amazon Warehouse Workers," by Ellen Reese and Alexander Scott

  4. "The Road to Inequality," by Genevieve Carpio

  5. "Governing Inequities Through Police in the Inland Empire," by Ángel Mendiola Ross