75 Top Economics Influencers to Follow

Focus Economics, Thursday, August 23, 2018
35. Sandy Darity (NEW!) Sandy Darity is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies and Economics at Duke University. Some of his research topics include inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the... Read More »

New evidence that losing your job is even more stressful for black Americans

Brookings, Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Losing one’s job is a painful event for anyone, requiring a job-search and potential relocation for new employment. Depending on the circumstances, it may also require acquiring new skills through additional training—an extra cost that’s particularly difficult to cover if you just lost your... Read More »

Don’t Abolish Ice

The New Republic, Thursday, August 16, 2018
Take the debate over ICE. Most Americans believe the immigration enforcement system in this country needs reforming, as polls favoring the extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the recent outrage over the president brutally separating the children of illegal migrants from their... Read More »

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

MSNBC, Wednesday, August 15, 2018
At approximately 3:24, founder of "The Black List" Franklin Leonard mentions Dr. Darity's research in reference to education not being able to solve the wealth gap for African Americans.  Watch the full video here. 

New Report: U.S. Economy Needs a Public Option for Finance

Roosevelt Institute, Tuesday, August 14, 2018
NEW REPORT: U.S. ECONOMY NEEDS A PUBLIC OPTION FOR FINANCE Leading Progressive Think Tank Argues a Public Banking Option Necessary to Meet the Needs of Households and Communities, Improve Entire Sector    NEW YORK, NY – In a new report, the Roosevelt Institute calls for the... Read More »


Black Voice News, Friday, August 10, 2018
In June of 1968, novelist, essayist and one of American society’s most insightful critics, James Baldwin, appeared on the The Dick Cavett Show.  With him were a slate of other guests, including Yale Sterling Professor of Philosophy, Paul Weiss.  Weiss, who made his... Read More »

Can the U.S. Afford a Guaranteed Jobs Program?

Filthy Lucre, Tuesday, August 7, 2018
For a long time, the idea of a government-endorsed guaranteed job program has been pushed by some politicians, particularly those who are more liberal-leaning.  One of the most prominent supporters of the program has been Senator Bernie Sanders.  The debate regarding the guaranteed job... Read More »

America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill.

Vox, Tuesday, August 7, 2018
From that baseline, Sanders has proposed a Social Security expansion, including higher cost-of-living adjustments and higher minimum benefit levels, that the liberal Tax Policy Center estimates will cost $188 billion over the next decade.  The Tax Policy Center also scores... Read More »

Discriminatory penalties at the intersection of race and gender in the United States

Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Race and gender disparities in wages are a relentless and troubling feature of U.S. labor markets. Economists have investigated the gender wage gap and racial wage gap for more than half a century, yet most empirical research still considers these two types of wage gaps in relative isolation,... Read More »

Ground reality: Mapping urban slums

Forbes India, Tuesday, July 31, 2018
All the while, official data has underestimated the number of, and the economic value laden in, slums, suggest two recent studies based on machine learning algorithms and satellite imagery. The reports—jointly prepared by Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, impact investment firm... Read More »