Does Financial Literacy Betray Racial Bias?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Thursday, April 20, 2017
"The problem with this language is the implicit notion that the racial wealth gap is a matter of financial literacy, choice, and agency, as opposed to inheritance and structure," write Darrick Hamilton, an associate professor of economics and urban policy at the New School, and William A. Darity Jr... Read More »

2017 Future of Wealth Summit Starts Wednesday

Times Union, Thursday, April 20, 2017
“The 2017 Future of Wealth Summit: Technology, Inclusion and Social Change” will be hosted by the Center for Global Policy Solutions on April 26-28, 2017. Nearly three dozen diverse experts will discuss how technology can foster convenient access to critical information and services without... Read More »

Small farms, smaller plots: land size, fragmentation, and productivity in Ethiopia

The Journal of Peasant Studies, Wednesday, April 19, 2017
A new article published today in the Journal of Peasant Studies by Mark Paul, a postdoctoral associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji entitled "Small farms, smaller plots: land size, fragmentation, and productivity in Ethiopia" explores the relationship... Read More »

Shut Up About Financial Literacy

Medium, Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Economists Darrick Hamilton and William Darrity, Jr. offer a beautiful illustration of this challenge in a new paper on education, financial literacy, and the racial wealth gap. Much like explanations for racial and class disparities in higher education, popular explanations for racial disparities... Read More »

The Political Economy of Education, Financial Literacy, and the Racial Wealth Gap

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, Vol. 99, Issue 1, Monday, April 17, 2017
A recent article by William A. (“Sandy”) Darity, Jr., director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center and Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University, and Darrick Hamilton,  Associate Director of Cook Center and... Read More »

In NC, as in Kansas, trickle-down tax cuts are just a trick

The News and Observer, Monday, April 17, 2017
"It’s tax week. This is when we all scramble to file our taxes and pay our fair share. These tax dollars fund the essential public goods and services that we expect of our government. Things like public schools, the brick and mortar of our democracy, are made possible by our tax dollars. We all... Read More »

Junior Maya Durvasula selected as 2017 Truman Scholar

The Chronicle, Thursday, April 13, 2017
In the upcoming academic year, Durvasula will serve as co-editor-in-chief of Duke Political Review and president of Duke Partnership for Service. She is also currently involved in research with the Duke and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Initiative on Poverty and Inequality as well as... Read More »

The Moral Burden on Economists

Institute for New Economic Thinking, Thursday, April 13, 2017
In his 2017 presidential address to the National Economic Association, Professor Darrick Hamilton warned that treating economics as a morally neutral ‘science’, and the discipline’s limited attention to structural barriers and overemphasis individual agency, has resulted in bad economics, and bad... Read More »

Transit agencies rarely hire women and minority contractors. Here’s why that matters.

The Washington Post, Wednesday, April 12, 2017
What were some of these hurdles? Access to credit. Restrictions on available job opportunities, especially in fields like construction or tech. Urban renewal projects that demolished neighborhoods and bankrupted businesses owned by minorities. In an October 2016 report called “The Color of Wealth... Read More »

Busting The Myth Of The American Dream: Meet William Darity

The State of Things - WUNC, Monday, April 10, 2017
Why are some people rich and others poor? Answering this elusive question has been the lifelong work of economist William (Sandy) Darity. Darity was an observant child, and from an early age he picked up on how wealth disparities divide communities.  While his family was living abroad... Read More »