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Liberating communities from debt

The St. Louis American, Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Economists Darrick Hamilton and Ngina Chiteji have shown that the share of families with parents who cannot make ends meet is higher for middle-class black families. Hamilton and Chiteji demonstrate that having parents who are struggling to get ahead and siblings whose economic circumstances are... Read More »

Speculation, Now: Essays and Artwork

The Brooklyn Rail, Wednesday, December 9, 2015
In their essay, economists Darrick Hamilton and William Darity, Jr. argue that the primary source of racial inequality lies in the wealth gap, which stems from “racial differences in inheritances, bequests, and intra-family transfers […] [more than] education, income, and household structure.”... Read More »

One way to boost achievement among poor kids? Make sure they have classmates who aren’t poor.

The Washington Post, Tuesday, December 8, 2015
“I was curious as to whether it had much of an effect, since people were so upset about it,” said William A. Darity Jr., a professor at Duke University and co-author of the study. “Our answer is: It doesn’t do as well as the race-based plan in terms of producing higher levels of diversity. But it... Read More »

When Rich And Poor Learn Together, Kids Win

The Huffington Post, Thursday, December 3, 2015
Race-based school assignment plans are more effective at achieving racial diversity, said Duke professor William A. Darity Jr., another study author. But the new research shows that SES-based plans have their merits. "If you're not going to use a race-based plan, then the next best option is an... Read More »

Mixed Results for Income-based K-12 Assignment

Duke Today, Monday, November 30, 2015
“While we found some decline in the degree of racial diversity associated with Wake County schools after adoption of the socioeconomic plan versus the prior race-based plan, there was significantly less diversity in the school districts that were not using either plan,” said William A. Darity Jr.,... Read More »

Faculty Diversity: An Argument For A Faculty Union

The Duke Chronicle, Tuesday, November 17, 2015
If Duke is serious about faculty diversity, as it proudly proclaimed last week, one tangible thing it can do is allow contingent faculty to organize their union free from interference," writes Zoe Willingham, T '17, President of Duke United Against Sweatshops, and a student in Bob Korstad's class... Read More »

The Psychological Effects of Race and Class

The Cook Center, Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The psychological effects of race and socioeconomic status served as the theme for a one-day conference at Duke on Monday, hosted by the Global Inequality Research Initiative, or GIRI. The conference, “Telling Identity Stories,” featured three keynote presentations by experts on education, race and... Read More »

Duke and the Issue of Race

Duke Chronicle, Monday, November 16, 2015
Imagine what might happen to our consciousness if half a day of first year orientation each year were devoted to discussing the centrality of race and racism to American history and to Duke’s past. Similarly, does it not make sense for Duke to have an official policy that prohibits racial hate... Read More »

America's Economic Sore Spot: Do Black Jobs Matter?

CNNMoney.com, Thursday, November 12, 2015
"The racial gap in unemployment is a profound index of the degree of employment discrimination in the nation's labor markets," says William Darity Jr, a Duke University professor and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. Read more: http://money.cnn.com/2015/11/12/news/... Read More »

The American Dream on Hold: Economic Challenges Facing the Black Community

The Cook Center, Monday, November 9, 2015
On Oct. 30, William Darity, Jr. director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, provided expert testimony to the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus on economic challenges facing the African-American community. Darity joined... Read More »

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