Disparities in parents’ wealth a key driver of racial wealth gap

The Bay State Banner, Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Anne Price, president of the Insight Center for Community and Economic Development (left), moderated a panel on racial wealth gaps. Presenting were researchers Khaing Zaw of Duke University, Yunju Nam of SUNY-Buffalo and strategic advisor Jhumpa Bhattacharya of the Insight Center for Economic... Read More »

A Job for Everyone: A federal job guarantee is a good, All-American policy

U.S. News & World Report, Friday, October 7, 2016
For Americans, a job doesn't have to be a luxury, it should be a right. This isn't a new concept, from 1944-1988, full employment was a cornerstone objective of the Democratic Party's policy platform, though a rare act of "historical amnesia" seems to have wiped it off American's minds. A... Read More »

Conference examines the histories of capitalism

Cornell Chronicle, Friday, October 7, 2016
More than 100 scholars from around the country shared their research and offered new perspectives at the Histories of Capitalism 2.0 conference, held at Cornell Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Plenary speakers Kirsten Mullen and William “Sandy” Darity, [Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social... Read More »

Black Burdens, White Wages, and the Persistence of Economic Inequality

The American Prospect, Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Higher education does not guarantee wage equity. The wage gap for male college graduates—a relatively privileged group that did some of the things that American society demands—is still disturbing. The EPI report found that in 1979, the wage gap for new black male workers who had a bachelor’s... Read More »

Pointing to Institutions’ Ties to Slavery, Speakers Call for Federal Reparations

The Cornell Daily Sun, Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Prof. William Darity, public policy, Duke University, and Kirsten Mullen, a folklorist and art consultant, addressed racial discrimination and its profound effect on economic inequality in the United States at a lecture Thursday... ​Darity, an economist and researcher with over 200 published... Read More »

The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity Welcomes New Faculty Affiliate

The Cook Center, Friday, September 30, 2016
Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards, Director of Health Equity Working Group for the Cook Center and Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at Duke University.  DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 13, 2016 — The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is honored to welcome new faculty affiliate... Read More »

Can we overcome the economic legacy of racism?

Institute for New Economic Thinking, Friday, September 30, 2016
Why does the racial divide persist between comparatively similar segments of the workforce? If additional education is not the solution to racial inequality, what is? In this interview, Professor Sandy Darity discusses the troubling systemic and psychosocial challenges that have faced black... Read More »

Profiting off Debt: Federal student loans facilitate a pernicious profit motive in higher education

Jacobin, Thursday, September 29, 2016
"Student loan debt has achieved gargantuan proportions. Over the past two decades it has grown to $1.44 trillion, surpassing other forms of debt like credit cards and auto loans. This debt mountain didn’t form overnight and it wasn’t an accident. It has been fueled by intentional government... Read More »

Short documentary highlights Young Scholars Summer Research Institute

The Cook Center, Thursday, September 29, 2016
A video produced by Mohamad Chamas and Rahima Rahi, with guidance from Bruce Orenstein, Artist in Residence with the Samuel Dubois Cook Center On Social Equity, documents the Cook Center's Young Scholars Summer Research Institute. The Young Scholars Summer Research... Read More »

How Homeownership Affects Greater Boston's 'Immense' Racial Wealth Gap

WBUR-FM (90.9 FM), Thursday, September 22, 2016
Among the big themes of this year's presidential campaign is the growing gap between America's rich and its poor, which increasingly defines a number of American cities, including the Boston area. In June, we asked this question about Boston: How is it that a city with one of the country'... Read More »