An economist has a wild proposal to give all kids in the US up to $60,000 at birth

Business Insider, Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Education is often considered the great equalizer, the tonic that will erase all injustice and inequality. As Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."  But an economist is calling for a fact-check on the old advice to stay in... Read More »

Opinion | Gandhinomics in an era of Modinomics

Live Mint, Monday, October 1, 2018
Later this week, India will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who is also accorded with the reverential moniker of “Father of the Nation”. It is indeed a poignant moment for the nation to remember an individual, who notwithstanding what his critics claim, was... Read More »

Durham principal shrunk achievement gap at one school, but district numbers stagnate

The Daily Tar Heel, Monday, October 1, 2018
With a fresh geography and geology degree in hand, David Sneed wasn’t too thrilled to start his job at Gulf and Western Industries. But before his first day, he watched "To Sir, With Love," a movie about an engineer who takes a teaching job and improves his students’ lives.  Quickly, Sneed... Read More »

Durham is facing an affordable housing crisis and Duke can do more to help, panelists say

Duke Chronicle, Thursday, September 27, 2018
As the ongoing affordable housing crisis in Durham continues to strain residents, experts called for local efforts to help improve the situation at a panel Tuesday.  Gentrification is a critical part of the ongoing housing crisis in Durham, panelists said.  “I define gentrification... Read More »


Duke Today, Thursday, September 27, 2018
Fuqua School of Business professor Gráinne M. Fitzsimons will chair a committee appointed by President Vincent E. Price to review and make recommendations on the proposal submitted by the Department of History to change of the name of the Carr Building on East Campus.  The... Read More »

Can Universal Basic Income Achieve Economic Security?

JSTOR Daily, Thursday, September 27, 2018
The complexity of the contemporary economy means that policies for economic security are among the most significant decisions a state can make. Indeed, the largest and longest-lasting policy to emerge from the New Deal legislation during the Great Depression is dubbed Social Security, a state-... Read More »

We the Future: Talks from TED, Skoll Foundation and United Nations Foundation

TED Blog, Thursday, September 27, 2018
A daring idea to reduce income inequality. Every newborn should enter the world with at least $25,000 in the bank. That is the basic premise of a “baby trust,” an idea conceived by economists Darrick Hamilton of The New School and William Darity of Duke University. Since 1980,... Read More »

7 Takeaways From Dr William Darity’s Discussion With Dr Glenn Loury On Wealth Inequality In Ethnic Groups

The World News, Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The way people think about racial inequality in the U.S. is fundamentally flawed, says William A. “Sandy” Darity. Much of that reasoning requires buying into a view that Black people are somehow dysfunctional. The evidence does not support that narrative. Much more accurate is the... Read More »

Duke is getting Koch money: That should worry you

Duke Chronicle, Monday, September 24, 2018
We are only a couple of weeks removed from Silent Sam coming down in Chapel Hill; it has been just over a year since Duke University removed the likeness of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Duke Chapel’s entrance; and the University’s history department is currently ... Read More »

Meet the Recipients of the 40 for 40 Fellowship

Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, Monday, September 17, 2018
One of the recipients of the 2018 APPAM 40 for 40 Fellowship is 2016 Duke Public Policy alumna Dr. Kristen Cooksey-Sowers.  Read the full article here.