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More Cities Are Focusing on Wealth-Building at an Early Age

Next City, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Some don’t believe childhood savings programs go far enough to address systemic inequality. “From my perspective, the savings account proposals, for the most part, the ones that would give each child the same amount, don’t even begin to address the issue of wealth inequality,” says Prof. William... Read More »

New Report: Don’t Fear the Robots: Why Automation Doesn’t Mean the End of Work

Cook Center and Roosevelt Institute, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
“If the rules of the economy are not changed to rebalance worker power, future technological developments will likely further exacerbate inequality and displace workers in our already deeply divided country.” The new Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Roosevelt Institute report... Read More »

If the Robots Come for Our Jobs, What Should the Government Do?

The New York Times, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The economist Mark Paul writes that a series of policy steps that are, in isolation, not all that radical would go a long way toward ensuring that the benefits of technological advancement would be widely enjoyed. As an example, he says the Federal Reserve and other policymakers should commit... Read More »

Letter from America: The Federal Job Guarantee

Intereconomics: Review of European Economic Policy, Sunday, June 3, 2018
The private sector has never adequately dealt with persistent and deep earning inequalities, worker vulnerabilities, and barriers to social mobility. In fact, it can be argued that the private sector's employment practices are a major source of all of these social problems. Even in times of... Read More »

Rep. Ro Khanna to Introduce Compromise “Jobs for All” Bill

The Intercept, Thursday, May 31, 2018
For those reasons and more, Bernstein and Baker — who wrote a 2013 book, titled “Getting Back to Full Employment” — advocate for exploring a “less interventionist approach to job creation.” But the argument from the left is that incrementalism is insufficient — both politically and as... Read More »

10 Principles for a Federal Job Guarantee Webinar

PolicyLink, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Upcoming PolicyLink Webinar:  "10 Principles for a Federal Job Guarantee" Wednesday, May 30 10:00 - 11:00 am PT / 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET Featuring William A. Darity Jr., Founding Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of... Read More »

Gunther Peck on Race, Empire, and History in Contemporary Campaigns to Abolish Human Trafficking

Yale University, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Gunther Peck joins Slavery and Its Legacies to discuss the long history of human trafficking and its relationship to the evolution of racial ideology, humanitarian intervention, and immigration policy.  

Striking a new bargain: Better jobs for more Americans

MinnPost, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
What can we do? A federal jobs guarantee, advocated by Institute advisor William Darity Jr. might be preferable to “universal basic income” in part because jobs provide social networks and, indeed, self-worth. Wage subsidies, “baby bonds,” expungement of criminal records, enforcement of... Read More »

Civil Rights Unionism

Jacobin, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
By any measure, black tobacco workers in 1940s Winston-Salem, North Carolina were down at the bottom of the social hierarchy. They endured severe voting restrictions and segregated accommodations in public, all-powerful bosses and racist job assignments at work, and deplorable living conditions at... Read More »

Will Starbucks anti-bias training for employees be effective?

WRAL, Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Even with the training, however, Sarah Gaither, a Duke assistant professor of psychology, expressed doubt that the company's effort would be enough. "I think a lot of people assume that a training, a lecture, a session, a brief exposure should be a good thing because it is better than nothing,"... Read More »

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