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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 »

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 »

New study explores link between childhood violence, high school completion

The Chronicle, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Being the victim of violence can have drastic effects on children’s lives, including increasing their odds of dropping out of high school, according to new research. A study called “Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Community Violence and High School Graduation” showed that girls who had experienced... Read More »

Can Baby Bonds Help Close Baltimore's Wealth Gap?

The Real News Network, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Most social programs that address the poverty problem give out resources after someone has already experienced poverty, but "what we need is a structural apparatus in this society where people don't get exposed to poverty in the first place," says Dr. Sandy Darity. Learn more here... Read More »

The Median Net Worth of Black Bostonians Is Lower Than the Cost of Lunch

The Root, Tuesday, December 12, 2017
There isn’t a whole lot you can get in a major East Coast city for $8. Meals at most lunch spots, once you include tax, will run higher than that (a Shake Shack double costs $8.09, for example). But that amount—a measly $8—is making the rounds thanks to a Boston Globe spotlight investigation... Read More »

Black Racial Stereotypes and Victim Blaming: Implications for Media Coverage and Criminal Proceedings in Cases of Police Violence against Racial and Ethnic Minorities

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Monday, December 11, 2017
A new paper by Professor Sarah E. Gaither (Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University and a faculty affiliate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity) entitled "Black Racial Stereotypes and Victim Blaming: Implications for Media Coverage and Criminal Proceedings in Cases of Police... Read More »

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