Economist: Guaranteed living-wage jobs best way to address inequality

People's World , Friday, August 19, 2016
"Saying existing job placement programs and unemployment benefits treat economic symptoms - such as income inequality - rather than causes, noted African-American economics professor Darrick Hamilton is proposing federally-guaranteed jobs, at living wages, for everyone.  Creating and... Read More »

Albuquerque’s “Better Way" Experiment

Demos, Friday, August 19, 2016
"For the past year, Albuquerque has been experimenting with a pilot jobs program for its homeless population called 'There’s a Better Way.' The initiative began as a push to connect the homeless with shelters and other assistance providers, but within a few months of its launch, the city also... Read More »

A Never Ending Wealth Gap Between Blacks And Whites In America?

The Final Call, Tuesday, August 16, 2016
"'For Black families and other families of color, studying and working hard is not associated with the same levels of wealth amassed among Whites. Black families whose heads graduated from college have about 33 percent less wealth than White families whose heads dropped out of high school,' ... Read More »

Racial Wealth Gap Won't be Fixed by Education Alone

Institute for New Economic Thinking, Tuesday, August 16, 2016
A new blog piece out today, "Racial Wealth Gap Won't be Fixed by Education Alone," by Darrick Hamilton, Faculty Affiliate of the Cook Center and Co-Investigator of the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color (NASCC) Project, responds the recent study The... Read More »

New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Bentley-Edwards

Duke General Internal Medicine, Sunday, August 14, 2016
"Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards joined our division in July. She works at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity while also conducting research and assisting in the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. To get to know Dr. Bentley-Edwards a little more, we asked... Read More »

Duke Students and Workers in Solidarity, faculty members raise concerns about minimum wage increase

The Chronicle, Friday, August 12, 2016
"Robert Korstad, Associate Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center and professor of public policy and history at Duke, said the minimum wage required for employees to earn a living wage in Durham is higher than $13 an hour. He noted that Durham’s increasing rate of gentrification is a... Read More »

What the Racial Wealth Gap Means for U.S. Cities

Next City, Wednesday, August 10, 2016
"An early 2016 report out of Los Angeles, another majority-minority city, found that wealth differentials across racial groups are far more pronounced than income differentials, leaving communities of color particularly vulnerable in the case of emergencies, unemployment or other unexpected costs... Read More »

National Economic Association/AFL-CIO Economic Conference

C-SPAN, Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Darrick Hamilton, Faculty Affiliate and Co-Investigator of the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color (NASCC) Project, presented as a part of the National Economic Association/AFL-CIO Economic Conference broadcast on C-SPAN. Hamilton's ... Read More »

The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today

The Nation, Monday, August 8, 2016
"The persistence—and growth—of the racial gap provides a powerful rationale for reparations for African Americans, who are the furthest behind whites in accumulating wealth and have endured the most brutal forms of racism. Advocates like William Darity Jr., a professor of African-American studies... Read More »

Welcome new faculty member Dr. Bentley-Edwards

Cook Center & Duke General Internal Medicine, Monday, August 1, 2016
Keisha Bentley-Edwards, PhD, has joined the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity from The University of Texas at Austin where she was an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology.  She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009... Read More »