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Some economists want the US government to put up to $50,000 in 'Baby Bond' bank accounts

Business Insider, Thursday, January 11, 2018
Darrick Hamilton and William Darity have a thought-provoking way to help families pay for college: Give every baby between $500 and $50,000 at the time they are born. Hamilton and Darity, both economists, say these "Baby Bond" accounts could go a long way toward reducing inequality in the US, where... Read More »

How Baby Bonds Are Aiming To Level The Playing Field (And Give Your Kid $50,000)

The Bump, Wednesday, January 10, 2018
What if, upon turning 18, your child had up to $50,000 waiting for her, completely separate from any financial assistance you may be able to provide? College becomes a reality for students who didn’t think it was. Being able to make a down payment on a home allows them to plant their own roots.... Read More »

Who Is Looking Out For America’s Children?

1A - National Public Radio (NPR), Wednesday, January 10, 2018
A new study has found that children in the United States are less likely to live into adulthood than children in other wealthy nations. Meanwhile, funding for the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has run out, and has not yet been replenished. And for kids born into poverty, getting out of... Read More »

There's a serious proposal to give babies born in the United States $20,000 (or more)

Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Forget baby showers. There's a proposal to give every newborn in the United States a "Baby Bond" account with somewhere between $500 to $50,000 in cash. Neither the kids nor their parents would be able to touch the money until the child turned 18. Then the young adult could spend the trust fund on... Read More »

Washington Post cites proposal by former visiting scholar William Darity and coauthor Darrick Hamilton for payment of "baby bonds” of $20K as means of reducing inequality.

Russell Sage Foundation, Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Washington Post cites proposal by former visiting scholar William Darity and coauthor Darrick Hamilton for payment of "baby bonds” of $20K as means of reducing inequality.   Source:  Washington Post cites proposal by former visiting scholar William Darity and coauthor Darrick... Read More »

Media influences perception of shooting victims, new study finds

The Chronicle, Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The public's perception about shooting victims—including what punishment their killer should get—is largely shaped by what the media says about them, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Duke and Simmons College. The study, led by Sarah Gaither from Duke and Kristin Dukes from... Read More »

There’s a serious proposal to give babies born in the United States $20,000 (or more)

The Washington Post, Monday, January 8, 2018
Forget baby showers. There's a proposal to give every newborn in the United States a “Baby Bond” account with somewhere between $500 to $50,000 in cash. Neither the kids nor their parents would be able to touch the money until the child turned 18. Then the young adult could spend the trust fund on... Read More »

National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color and City Findings

21st Century Cities Initiative, Friday, January 5, 2018
The National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color (NASCC) is a project of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center at Duke University that documents the magnitude of racial and ethnic disparities in wealth in the United States, particularly in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The study... Read More »

Darity Delivers Vera Anstey Memorial Lecture at 100th centenary meeting of the Indian Economic Association

Acharya Nagarjuna University, Friday, December 29, 2017
Professor William A. Darity Jr. delivered the Vera Anstey Memorial Lecture at the 100th centenary meeting of the Indian Economic Association on December 29, 2017. His lecture was titled “Stratification Economics and Group Inequality." The meeting was held at Acharya Nagarjuna University in... Read More »

Anthony Williams is credited with helping to revitalize D.C. Now he’s working to make sure everyone benefits.

The Washington Post, Monday, December 18, 2017
“It’s a failure of the school system, but it’s also a failure of the city and others to create opportunities where people can be trained for any number of jobs in the service industries, hospitality, and so forth,” said Maurice Jackson, a history professor at Georgetown and author of the study.... Read More »

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