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 »

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 »

Let's Talk Sex: A Pilot Study of Sexual History Elicitation by Providers of STD Services in Leon County, Florida

Florida Public Health Review, Tuesday, September 20, 2016
A new article, Let's Talk Sex: A Pilot Study of Sexual History Elicitation by Providers of STD Services in Leon County, Florida, by Salimah El-Amin, Senior Research Associate and Director of the Global Inequality Initiative at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social... Read More »

Opening the Farm Gate to Women? Sustainable Agriculture in the United States

Political Economy Research Institute, Monday, September 19, 2016
In a new working paper "Opening the Farm Gate to Women? Sustainable Agriculture in the United States," Mark Paul, postdoctoral associate with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and Anders Fremstad, Assistant Professor of Economics at Colorado State University, analyze the... Read More »

Duke History Revisited Round-Up

Duke University Libraries, Monday, September 19, 2016
"This summer, the University Archives offered a new program for undergraduate students called Duke History Revisited. The idea was to give students a chance to dig into the University’s history and tell the stories of people and events that were not widely known. On September 19th, the program... Read More »

Ask an Economist: How Can Today’s College Students Future-Proof Their Careers?

The Atlantic, Monday, September 12, 2016
The Atlantic surveyed experts from a variety of backgrounds asking them which skills they’d focus on if they were about to start their first year of college this fall. William A. Darity, Jr., director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Samuel DuBois Cook... Read More »

Panelists encourage sparse student crowd to fight apathy towards racial issues

The Chronicle, Monday, September 12, 2016
The Race, Justice and Empathy panel—held in the Nasher Museum of Art Friday—focused on attorney Bryan Stevenson's novel "Just Mercy," which explores the issues of racial injustice in the legal system and on death row. The memoir was also this year's summer reading book for freshmen, and... Read More »

Georgetown’s slavery announcement is remarkable. But it’s not reparations.

Vox, Friday, September 2, 2016
"For admissions to Georgetown to come close to equaling payment for unpaid labor, its credential would have to be worth its weight in income. The evidence suggests that for blacks that simply is not the case. An education buys one an extra chance at income and wealth. It doesn’t guarantee it. You... Read More »

What Georgetown's atonement means for the campus debate over slavery

Los Angeles Times, Friday, September 2, 2016
"There may be some marginal value associated with individual institutions taking steps to atone for their particular sins, but the sins of slavery, Jim Crow, and sustained discrimination and racism are collective, national evils and should be addressed at that level," said William 'Sandy'... Read More »

This landmark prison study has one big problem

The Week, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
"What is the root of black America's incarceration problem? Are racist attitudes among cops to blame? Disproportionately high poverty among black people? Or some combination of the two? Several months ago, three academics, Khaing Zaw, Darrick Hamilton, and William Darity, (statistical research... Read More »