Baby Bonds: An Investment In Our Future

Medium, Tuesday, December 6, 2016
"Now, let’s consider the wealth gap. The wealthiest 20% of American households hold just under 90% of all wealth in the nation, while the bottom 40% of households actually have negative wealth, that is, they actually owe more than the total value of their assets, i.e., such households are in debt.... Read More »

Making Them Pay: Carbon pricing is a win for everybody — except for those who profit off environmental destruction

Jacobin, Monday, December 5, 2016
"Climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity today. We need to think deeply about the consequences — environmental, distributional, and political — of the strategies being proposed for a clean energy transition. A recent Jacobin article discussed a range of strategies and concluded that... Read More »

Shanya Hayes | In Her Own Voice

Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Monday, November 28, 2016
Shanya Hayes is going places. While many students her age spend their summer vacations doing anything but school work, this bright young scholar has been staking out her future. And as her ambition leads her toward new understandings, she’s learning more about what her journey might entail as a... Read More »

Keep Hope Alive: Demoralized Democrats have a road map for success in Trump’s America. It was written by Jesse Jackson.

Slate, Sunday, November 27, 2016
For economists William Darity and Darrick Hamilton, fixing the particular problems of young black workers is a way of ameliorating similar problems for the whole. And to that end, they have proposed a federal guarantee for jobs. “Each job offered under a federal employment assurance would be at a... Read More »

In D.C., White Families Are on Average 81 Times Richer Than Black Ones

The Atlantic, Saturday, November 26, 2016
The wealth discrepancy between blacks and whites is one of the most stark examples of inequality in America. White American families have, on average, around $142,000 in savings and assets, minus debt. Black families’, meanwhile, amounted to only $11,000, according to a 2014 Pew Research study. The... Read More »

Black Wealth in the Age of Trump

The Atlantic, Monday, November 21, 2016
"White Americans have about 13 times the wealth of black Americans, a Pew Research report found in 2014, the widest the gap has been since the 1980s. The wealth discrepancy between black and white Americans is the consequence of decades of housing, land, and education discrimination. Bringing black... Read More »

Racial Wealth Disparities

WNCU 90.7 FM, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
"How can we understand racial disparities in income? The Measure of Everyday Life, a program with WNCU 90.7 FM radio, spoke with William A. (“Sandy”) Darity, Jr., director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African... Read More »

Farmer Perspectives on Livelihoods Within Community Supported Agriculture

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Department of Economics, Monday, November 14, 2016
"In the United States there is a tremendous amount of interest in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) among farmers, consumers, activists, and policymakers. Despite the attention garnered by CSA farms and the resurgence of local agriculture, relatively few studies have examined the livelihood... Read More »

Diversity in the Economics Profession: A New Attack on an Old Problem

Journal of Economic Perspective, Tuesday, November 8, 2016
"Another mentoring program currently housed at Duke University is the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE), which aims to help untenured professors and economists outside of the academy to strengthen their research in order to attain tenure. Other recent efforts for early-... Read More »

Faculty describe Terry Sanford’s legacy in light of governor’s race

The Chronicle, Friday, November 4, 2016
"As the North Carolina gubernatorial race nears its end, faculty reflected on former governor Terry Sanford's ongoing legacy in both the state and at Duke. Sanford was president of the University for 16 years—one the longest tenures any Duke president has had—after he served as governor and... Read More »