Four policies to help the middle class, and how to pay for them

Brookings, Monday, November 5, 2018
Behind the daily headlines of our turbulent political climate is a stark, hard fact: the American middle class is hurting. Household incomes for the middle 60 percent of the distribution are rising, but painfully slowly, and primarily due to more work (including longer hours) rather... Read More »

The Night John Hope Bryant Came to Town: Chautauqua, Bed-Stuy, and the Empty Charlatanism of Preaching Hope to Black Poverty

Paul Sowers, Saturday, November 3, 2018
A few months ago, John Hope Bryant—whose website describes him as a ‘thought-leader on economic empowerment and financial dignity’—stood onstage at an event in Memphis, Tennessee and told the audience that “there are more poor whites in America than anybody else, then and now, so this is not a... Read More »


Duke Today, Friday, November 2, 2018
Duke University will host its first multidisciplinary conference on international development on Nov. 15 and 16 in Perkins Library and Penn Pavilion. The conference, “The New Building Blocks of Development,” will feature Duke faculty from across the university as well as colleagues from other... Read More »

Who’s Winning the Democrats’ Wonk Primary?

Politico Magazine, Thursday, November 1, 2018
The 2020 Democratic primary has already been underway for months, with the likely candidates jockeying for email sign-ups and positioning themselves against the 800-pound gorilla in the White House: Donald Trump. Prominent Democrats have taken whatever opportunities available to them given their... Read More »

Milan Vaishnav wins the first Rs 15-lakh Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize

Scroll In, Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The first Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize was awarded to Milan Vaishnav for his book When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics at the Bangalore Literature Festival on Saturday. The prize for works of non-fiction was established this year by the New India... Read More »

Democratic Contenders Get Ambitious With Equity Proposals

Inside Higher Ed, Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Student loan debt has become perhaps the biggest preoccupation of policy makers overseeing the higher education system. But often buried beneath headlines about graduates with six-figure debt is the reality that students who most need loans to attend college come from families with little or no... Read More »

Conference spotlights equality of opportunity for children

Cornell Chronicle, Tuesday, October 30, 2018
As inequality continues to grow in the United States and around the world, a national conference at Cornell Oct. 25-26 shined the spotlight on how to create equality of opportunity for children. “An Equal Start: Policy and Practice to Promote Equality of Opportunity for Children” was the topic... Read More »

The Confederate debate in my blood: My cousin Robert E Lee

Aljazeera, Tuesday, October 30, 2018
More than 150 years ago, its creators surely intended for it to awe. Down the wide avenue, Robert E Lee sits on a horse; a powerful stallion carved into stone as he rides into battle. I marvel at its power and stare at Lee's uniform, Confederate insignia moulded in bronze on his lapel, in... Read More »

When targeting aid is justified

The Week, Monday, October 29, 2018
Democrats are getting ready for 2020 by thinking big. They're pushing ideas like Medicare-for-All, a job guarantee, a massively expanded Earned-Income Tax Credit (EITC), and more. But as the party works through its new economic policy ambitions, it will have to make important technical decisions... Read More »

A Feminist Economist On Baby Bonds, the Racial Wealth Gap, and the Mainstreaming of Radical Progressive Policy

The Slot, Friday, October 26, 2018
The racial wealth “gap” in the United States is much more like a canyon, a chasm created over centuries through chattel slavery, the legacy of redlining, exclusionary immigration and labor policy, and a criminal justice system that is predatory toward black and Latinx Americans. According to the... Read More »