An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century

The American Prospect, Monday, March 5, 2018
Economic mobility has drastically declined since the 1940s. Unemployment and underemployment are persistent problems, especially for stigmatized groups who are subject to discriminatory exclusion from employment opportunities. In today’s economy, the American dream is just a dream, or worse, a... Read More »

Study Probes Racial Disparity in Weight Loss Among Women in Internet-Delivered Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention

The Cook Center, Monday, March 5, 2018
DURHAM, N.C. – Racialized weight loss disparities may be addressed through improved engagement with Internet-delivered behavioral weight loss interventions and the adoption of weight control behaviors according to a new study co-authored by a researcher with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social... Read More »

Do We Need An Economic Bill of Rights?

Colorlines, Monday, March 5, 2018
“Today, we must transcend the racial, ethnic and regional divisions by building universal policies that are cognizant of identities and intersectionality, and inclusive of race, gender, nationality, sexuality and ability.” Read the full article here.

News The NRA, Gun Control and Black People: A Complicated History

Atlanta Black Star, Friday, March 2, 2018
“America’s gun policies do not make sense until you consider race,” Ajenai Clemmons, a research associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, told Atlanta Black Star. “America’s conflicted self-identity as a democracy that promotes life, liberty, and the right to... Read More »

Blackness Largely Absent From Kerner Commission Report on Black Uprisings

iMIXWHATiLIke! TV, Thursday, March 1, 2018
Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards joined us to discuss her work related to the Kerner Commission report. 50 years ago today (March 1, 1968) the first mainstream press story broke about this historic report and its conclusions regarding the origins of Black uprisings around the country. Dr. Bentley... Read More »

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... Read More »