California Climate Crossroads: Gov. Brown is Supporting a Giveaway to Polluters

HuffPost, Thursday, July 13, 2017
California currently has one of the most comprehensive climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction programs in the world. Bold legislation supporting the reduction of pollutants, include AB 32 and SB 32, set ambitious goals for California to rapidly transition to a green economy. While... Read More »

Did You Know That Poor White Children Are Less Likely To Go To Jail Than Wealthy Black Children?

Financial Juneteenth, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
“Race trumps class, at least when it comes to incarceration,” Darrick Hamilton, one of the researchers who produced the study, told the Washington Post. It was found that only the wealthiest Black youth – those whose household annual income in 1985 exceeded $69,000 in 2012 dollars – had a slightly... Read More »

Can Baby Bonds Help Shrink the Wealth Gap?

City Lab, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
"The Fed’s work on the issue began several years ago with its support of the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color, a landmark survey co-written by Hamilton and Duke economist William Darity Jr. and funded in part by the Ford Foundation. The study measured wealth across racial and... Read More »

Forget a Higher Minimum Wage—Here’s a Better Way to Help American Workers

Washington Monthly, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Many mainstream economists say that the U.S. economy has fully “recovered” from the Great Recession. Moody’s chief economist, Mark Zandi, for example, recently warned that “[w]ith the economy at full employment and seeming destined to blow past it, the current [economic] expansion is likely... Read More »

Samuel DuBois Cook remembered for his passion for civic engagement, social justice

The Chronicle, Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Samuel DuBois Cook, Trustee Emeritus and the first tenured African American professor at Duke, passed away in May 2017. Fifty-one years after he first joined Duke's faculty, his colleagues remember the legacy the "towering figure" left behind.  Cook's influence on the University was not... Read More »

New Reads This Summer From Duke Faculty

Duke Today, Friday, June 23, 2017
William Darity, co-editor and chapter co-author: “For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education” (Palgrave Macmillan) William ("Sandy") Darity is Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, and... Read More »

Bull City 150 Pop-Up Event on Durham's History of Inequality

Duke Today, Thursday, June 15, 2017
Gentrification, inequality and public projects that impact housing are not new issues in Durham. A Bull City 150 pop-up exhibit on the history of housing and land inequality in Durham will be part of the Third Friday events in downtown Durham on Friday, June 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Self-Help... Read More »

Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch

The Independent Weekly, Wednesday, June 14, 2017
In many ways, this story begins with Durham's incorporation in 1869. From the outset, a divide existed between the wealthy landowners who built the city's textile and tobacco factories and the people who worked in them. Those at the top accumulated wealth through their businesses and assets, while... Read More »

Returning to the Promise of Full Employment: A Federal Job Guarantee in the United States

The Cook Center and Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Monday, June 12, 2017
Returning to the Promise of Full Employment: A Federal Job Guarantee in the United States outlines the socioeconomic case for establishing a Federal Job Guarantee to fundamentally transform the U.S. labor market through the promise of inclusive economic opportunity. Co-authored by Darrick... Read More »

Life well lived: Educator and activist Samuel D. Cook dies at 88

Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, Sunday, June 11, 2017
Educator and activist Samuel DuBois Cook, who grew up with Martin Luther King, Jr. and served as president of Dillard University in New Orleans for 22 years, died May 29 at the age of 88. Watch the full segment here