Ph.D. Student Janelle Jones Awarded Grant

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Ph.D. student Janelle Jones of Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy, has received a one-year doctoral grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Jones, who specializes in economics, will conduct research on the impact of intergenerational transfer of wealth on wealth inequality and the racial wealth gap.

Research Project Description: Over the past three decades, both wealth inequality and the racial wealth gap have increased significantly. Research shows that inheritances, bequests, and intrafamily transfers account for more of the racial wealth gap than any other demographic and socioeconomic indicators, including education, income, and household structure. This project will examine the significance of intergenerational transfers on wealth inequality overall, and the racial wealth gap specifically, to identify policies that address growing inequality throughout the wealth distribution.

Previously, Jones has worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. There she researched and wrote on a variety of U.S. labor market topics, such as unemployment, job quality, and unions. Jones also served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer in Sacramento, CA where she worked for a grassroots non-profit on community health issues. Additionally, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru in the Small Business Development Program focusing on local economic development.

Janelle holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College and a M.A. in Applied Economics with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from Illinois State University.