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Milan Vaishnav wins the first Rs 15-lakh Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize

Scroll In, Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The first Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize was awarded to Milan Vaishnav for his book When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics at the Bangalore Literature Festival on Saturday. The prize for works of non-fiction was established this year by the New India... Read More »

Democratic Contenders Get Ambitious With Equity Proposals

Inside Higher Ed, Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Student loan debt has become perhaps the biggest preoccupation of policy makers overseeing the higher education system. But often buried beneath headlines about graduates with six-figure debt is the reality that students who most need loans to attend college come from families with little or no... Read More »

When targeting aid is justified

The Week, Monday, October 29, 2018
Democrats are getting ready for 2020 by thinking big. They're pushing ideas like Medicare-for-All, a job guarantee, a massively expanded Earned-Income Tax Credit (EITC), and more. But as the party works through its new economic policy ambitions, it will have to make important technical decisions... Read More »

A Feminist Economist On Baby Bonds, the Racial Wealth Gap, and the Mainstreaming of Radical Progressive Policy

The Slot, Friday, October 26, 2018
The racial wealth “gap” in the United States is much more like a canyon, a chasm created over centuries through chattel slavery, the legacy of redlining, exclusionary immigration and labor policy, and a criminal justice system that is predatory toward black and Latinx Americans. According to the... Read More »

The Cook Center Explores Immigration, Race, and Culture at Immigration Conference

, Thursday, October 25, 2018
On October 24, 2018, the Duke University Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity hosted its annual Fall symposium, this year featuring Jean Beaman, Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University, and Min Zhou, Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies at the University... Read More »

Cory Booker’s Big New Policy Idea Isn’t Reparations, but It’s the Closest a Presidential Candidate Is Going to Get

Slate, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Sen. Cory Booker did not come out and propose reparations for black Americans this week. But the policy idea he rolled out on Monday might be the closest thing that we can expect to see from a serious presidential contender going into 2020. The senator from New Jersey, who is gearing... Read More »

Discriminatory housing practices in the District: A brief history

D.C. Policy Center, Wednesday, October 24, 2018
In an essay on tax practices that amplify racial inequities, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor examines how property tax treatment of owner-occupied housing amplifies existing inequalities in wealth, both today and in generations to come. However, the landscape for today... Read More »

Darity’s Dream: A Federal Job Guarantee to Save American Workers

Giving to Duke, Tuesday, October 23, 2018
In 2018, getting political consensus on what’s best for the future of America can be a bit like cheering for Duke and Carolina at the same time. But Duke professor William “Sandy” Darity Jr. has managed to do just that; somehow, he’s found common ground in U.S. politics. His idea for a federal... Read More »

An exclusive look at Cory Booker’s plan to fight wealth inequality: give poor kids money

Vox, Monday, October 22, 2018
America has a massive, growing racial wealth gap. The median white family today holds nearly 10 times the wealth of the median black family.  Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is introducing a bill aimed at closing that gap. His idea is to give lower-income kids a sizable nest egg (nearly $... Read More »

Symposium: Achieving Racial Equity in Housing Outcomes in D.C.

D.C. Policy Center, Thursday, October 18, 2018
The District of Columbia is becoming increasingly more segregated by race and income. As outlined in the Urban Institute report The Color of Wealth in the Nation’s Capital, this segregation is built on racist public and private practices, and has amplified disparities and inequities in... Read More »

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