Economic Development

Equal pay for Women

The issue has plagued women and particularly women of color for decades. We explore the issue in search of solutions.


North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Arizona Economy and transitional  impact of the US, Mexico Canada Agreement (USCMA)
to AZ economy.

White Hat Research & Policy Group informs citizens and decision-makers on issues of critical importance to Arizona. Our goal is to constructively contribute to the discussion and shape policy-making at the state and local level.

We are currently seeking a researchers to prepare in-depth white papers on the following topics:

Equal pay for women in Arizona. The paper should discuss the history of the wage gap in Arizona and its current status across different industries and income levels. It should also focus on the status of the Equal Rights Amendment and its possible effects on the issue should it be enacted, as well as other proposed state-level and national-level legislation and regulatory changes.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its effect on the Arizona economy. The paper should discuss the history of NAFTA and how it has affected Arizona’s economy and its relationship with Mexico, in particular the neighboring state of Sonora. It should also analyze the current NAFTA renegotiations and their potential effects for Arizona.

Project Guidelines

Each white paper will be 20-30 pages and synthesize the secondary research on the specified topic. The paper will be made publicly available on the WHRPG website and distributed to relevant stakeholders. The principal researcher will be credited as author but the final product will be subject to editing and approval by the WHRPG staff.

Each white paper should include the following:

1. 1-2 page Executive Summary
2. Methodology
3. History of the Issue in Arizona
4. Current Landscape in Arizona
5. Review of current and proposed policies, legislation and regulations
6. Discussion of Intersection with Other WHRPG Targeted Issues
7. Citation and References (Chicago Manual of Style)

Application Requirements

Applicants to write for WHRPG should have a graduate degree or be currently enrolled in a graduate program directly related to the subject matter of the white paper.

Interested applicants are required to submit the following:

1. Letter of intent explaining the area and subtopic the applicant is interested in writing in
2. Current C.V.
3. Sample of previous work
4. 200-250 word abstract for proposed white paper
5. Letter of recommendation (optional) 

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We look forward to hearing from you.