Will America Ever Close Its Racial Wealth Gap?

WUNC: The State of Things, Friday, February 23, 2018
The black community owned 0.5 percent of America’s wealth at the end of slavery, and today that number has barely increased. A typical white household is 10 times wealthier than a typical black household, and the racial wealth gap is growing. So what is the solution? Scholars Sandy Darity... Read More »

Does free money make people lazy? Why the case for a universal basic income is getting stronger.

Payoff by Mic, Thursday, February 22, 2018
Even if there are ways to give people cash while accounting for the adverse effects, there is still the challenge that these proposals are expensive. A relatively modest universal basic income of around $10,000 annually in the United States would cost around $3 trillion per year, according to... Read More »

Study: Wide Black-White Wealth Gap Growing

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, Thursday, February 22, 2018
“Income is just one factor that determines wealth, and our analysis shows that even higher-income Black households lag behind their White counterparts in terms of wealth,” she said. “That said, reducing employment discrimination and accessing a better job can help close the gap. We propose reducing... Read More »

A Path to Ending Poverty by Way of Ending Unemployment: A Federal Job Guarantee

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Poverty in the United States, one of the world’s most wealthy and prosperous nations, is persistently high. Despite a complex array of social insurance programs in place, 43.1 million people remain in poverty. Because unemployment is a strong predictor of poverty, we propose a permanent federal job... Read More »

Reparations NOW: U.S. Economic Receipts with Dr. William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr

Truth's Table Podcast, Saturday, February 17, 2018
In this episode, William A. (“Sandy”) Darity, Jr. joins Christina and Ekemini at the table. Dr. Darity is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University. He is the founding director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social... Read More »

Signifying: Future History of Black America with William 'Sandy' Darity

Future Forum Live, Thursday, February 15, 2018
The goal of 'SIGNIFYING' is to begin an exploration of The Future of The American Dream from a Black perspective and to help identify a shared vision and narrative in multi-cultural 21st Century Black America. "We can't use 1960's civil rights movement tactics to win the 2060 future", notes Yul... Read More »

The Full Employment Solution

The American Prospect, Monday, February 12, 2018
Two years into U.S. involvement in World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his 1944 State of the Union address, calling for a Second Bill of Rights—by which he meant not just political rights, but economic rights. The wartime economy was firing on all cylinders, bringing the... Read More »

Flyover: What's the American job worth?

MPR News (National Public Radio), Monday, February 12, 2018
As bids pour in to host Amazon's second headquarters, so do the promises of huge tax breaks. At least 118 cities across the country want Amazon HQ2 and all the jobs it'd bring, reports The Seattle Times, the retail giant's hometown newspaper, and nearly 30 of those cities are offering tax breaks of... Read More »

What is gentrification, and why does it matter anyway?

The Herald Sun, Thursday, February 8, 2018
We are starting our staff education this week with a visit from Norton and Tia Hall, who are part of Bull City 150: Reckoning with Durham’s Past to Build a More Equitable Future, a project of the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke. They’ll... Read More »

Eighteen people you need to know at Duke University

The Chronicle, Wednesday, February 7, 2018
    Submitted by readers and divided among three categories—pioneers, leaders and icons—our selections are all individuals or groups defining what it means to be a member of the Duke community in 2018. To read more about The Chronicle 18, click here.