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 »


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 »


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 »


Ozy, Monday, December 31, 2018
WHAT TO KNOW It’s been a decade since the Lehman Brothers collapse marked the start of the financial crisis, and the global economy is still feeling the impact. More recently, markets have reacted with volatility to President Donald Trump’s policies, among other prominent factors, feeding... Read More »

Twelve leading economists on the research that shaped our world in 2018

Quartz, Friday, December 28, 2018
At the end of every year, culture critics get to compile best of the year lists. At Quartz, we decided they shouldn’t get to have all the fun. Just like films and albums, economics deserves a little year-end reflection. To identify the economics research that mattered most in 2018, Quartz... Read More »

The Deadly Stress of Being a Black Woman in America

Ms. Magazine, Friday, December 21, 2018
The evidence is irrefutable: Racism is getting away with murder as the leading cause of maternal and infant deaths and premature births among Black women. Such is the conclusion of two major reports released this year in 2018. The first is a collaboration between the University of California San... Read More »

Recent “Baby Bonds” Proposal Uses Research by RSF Grantees Sandy Darity and Darrick Hamilton

Russell Sage Foundation, Thursday, December 20, 2018
New Jersey senator Cory Booker recently announced a proposal for “baby bonds,” or the creation of public trust funds for children as a means to ameliorate wealth inequality, and in particular, the racial wealth gap. His proposal is partly modeled on the work of economists and RSF grantees... Read More »