Full Employment and Freedom

Jacobin, Friday, May 25, 2018
n recent weeks, a federal job guarantee has rapidly gained momentum, with many Democrats backing the idea. That’s welcome news to those who have long advocated the goal — activists in black freedom movements and the National Jobs for All Coalition, as well as contemporary... Read More »

What You Need To Know About The Baby Bonds Proposal

Bezinga, Thursday, May 24, 2018
Wealth inequality has reached a flash point in the United States. The world’s top economists are proposing radical solutions for closing the disparity, and the “Baby Bonds” proposal may be one of the most interesting ideas yet: Darrick Hamilton and William Darity want to give every baby... Read More »

Hidden Rules of Race are Embedded in the New Tax Law

The Roosevelt Institute, Thursday, May 24, 2018
The federal tax code is one of the most powerful tools of economic policymaking, housing critical rules that govern our economy. As such, it is also home to a set of hidden racial rules that, through intention or neglect, provide opportunities to some communities and create barriers for others.... Read More »

Cities Need to Look Back in Order to Move Forward

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Wednesday, May 23, 2018
At the same time, another study just out—What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap by researchers at Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity—shows that blacks, while constituting just under 13 percent of the nation’s population, own less than 3 percent of the nation... Read More »

Digital Capitalism’s War on Leisure

Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Over time, with that operating system running in the background, the cultural acceptance of market encroachments into leisure and other domains would likely ebb as more people came to appreciate alternatives to the commodified life. And this could be accelerated with publicly provisioned options... Read More »

Democrats’ Next Big Thing: Government-Guaranteed Jobs

The New York Times, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
A handful of liberal researchers have revived and promoted such a plan in recent years, including Mark Paul, William A. Darity Jr. of Duke University and Darrick Hamilton of the New School. Last year, the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank stacked with veterans of the... Read More »

Checking in on Trump's promise that tax cut would bring jobs

MSNBC, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Last December, Trump signed the GOP tax bill into law, touting the great volume of jobs it would bring back to America. Less than a month later, 800 workers learned they would lose their jobs as Harley-Davidson decided to close their Kansas City plant. Darrick Hamilton, Associate Director... Read More »

How Right-to-Work Laws Make Inequality Worse

The Street, Monday, May 21, 2018
"Some huge amount of the productivity gains over the last 30 years in the United States have gone to executives and stockholders, and not to workers," said Professor Robert Korstad with Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. "That's because workers in major industries where automation... Read More »

Meghan Markle Is 'Changing Discussions About What It Means to Be Biracial in America'

People, Monday, May 21, 2018
“The U.K. has one of the fastest-growing mixed-race populations in the world,” notes Dr. Sarah E. Gaither, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University who also runs the Duke Identity and Diversity Lab. “To the biracial community, she’s really serving as a symbol of this... Read More »

A Federal College Loan Program Is Exacerbating The Racial Wealth Gap

Pacific Standard, Monday, May 21, 2018
As William Darity, a professor at Duke University, told me last month, "[t]hese inequalities are baked into the system through the process of transfers that take place across generations." Read the full article here.