News

SOME ECONOMICS FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

BBN Times, Monday, January 21, 2019
On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a law establishing a federal holiday for the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., to be celebrated each year on the third Monday in January. As the legislation that passed Congress said: "such holiday should serve as a time for Americans to... Read More »

Study: Cory Booker’s baby bonds nearly close the racial wealth gap for young adults

Vox, Monday, January 21, 2019
Baby bonds, a proposal embraced by likely presidential candidate Cory Booker, would give newborns savings accounts that would be worth tens of thousands of dollars by age 18. It’s an ambitious plan — and, according to a new study, it would almost entirely close the wealth gap between... Read More »

Economic equality: King’s unfinished civil rights agenda

The Philadelphia Tribune, Sunday, January 20, 2019
As we celebrate the 90th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. this year, let’s make sure we honor him for more than his dream of a colorblind America. While there is great wisdom in Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” King and other civil rights leaders, many of them... Read More »

A New Agenda for Eliminating Racial Inequality in the United States: The Research We Need

William T. Grant Foundation, Thursday, January 17, 2019
The current frame for thinking about racial inequality The frame that shapes most thinking about how best to correct racial inequality is, unfortunately, incorrect. Emphasizing individual- or group-based deficiencies in behavior and productivity as a root cause of lower incomes and wealth, this... Read More »

The Racial Wealth Gap Could Become a 2020 Litmus Test

The Atlantic, Wednesday, January 16, 2019
When Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that she’d formed a presidential exploratory committee, she hit all the populist notes that have become standard in her career, addressing a besieged middle class that’s constantly undermined by powerful corporate and political elites. “In our country, if you... Read More »

WHY RACIAL ECONOMIC DISPARITY KEEPS GROWING IN THE U.S.

Pacific Standard, Wednesday, January 16, 2019
As cities across the country gear up for celebrations around the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., a new report offers a sobering reminder that there's still much work to be done in America on the civil rights front. The report, released by the Institute for Policy Studies, a... Read More »

REPAIRING 'BROKEN LADDERS' TO HELP PEOPLE CLIMB OUT OF SOCIAL MOBILITY

Duke Today, Monday, January 14, 2019
Research projects don’t always lead to the formation of national federations. One researcher’s project on poverty did, and he’s hoping it starts a movement. For years, Anirudh Krishna, a professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, has been studying how people escape poverty and how... Read More »

The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University Welcomes New Visiting Professor

, Friday, January 11, 2019
The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity welcomes Dr. Jean Beaman to Duke. She will be a visiting professor with the sociology department and with the Cook Center this spring semester. Beaman is a former postdoctoral fellow at Duke with William Darity, and she is now an assistant professor of... Read More »

America Needs Economic Rights. Now Is the Time to Push for Them

, Friday, January 11, 2019
Seventy-five years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used his State of the Union address to declare that the government should guarantee a basic floor of well-being. Political rights alone could not assure “equality in the pursuit of happiness,” he argued. “True individual freedom... Read More »

Elizabeth Warren’s Housing Crisis Plan Hints at Reparations

City Lab, Friday, January 4, 2019
On New Year’s Eve, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that she plans to enter the 2020 race for the White House. She hinted as much several months back by releasing a slew of ambitious legislative proposals outlining her likely platform, including reform packages to retool capitalism and... Read More »

Pages