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Cook Center Director William “Sandy” Darity Jr. Honored With Prestigious Award At 2017 Future Of Wealth Summit

Duke Today, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
William “Sandy” Darity Jr., founding director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, was honored for his research related to racial inequality and the racial wealth gap in the United... Read More »

Broken Dreams And Financial Illusions: The Secret Depression Of Black Men

Huffington Post, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The data suggest that the majority of African Americans are not in a great place financially. A prime example of this is a finding from the “The Color of Wealth in Boston” report that found that the median net worth of White households in Boston is $247,500 while the median net worth of Black... Read More »

It’s Time for the Government to Give Everyone a Job

The Nation, Friday, May 19, 2017
“Their discussion was heavily focused on the provision of employment for those with a high-school diploma or less,” said Sandy Darity of Duke University, one of the job guarantee’s greatest champions. To him, this leaves behind large segments of the population who might need jobs. For... Read More »

Should the Government Guarantee Everyone a Job?

The Atlantic, Thursday, May 18, 2017
As such, even before the CAP proposal had come out, the idea of a jobs guarantee had been gaining traction on the left. The economists and public intellectuals William Darity of Duke University and Darrick Hamilton of the New School have been pushing for a federal jobs guarantee, for instance, in... Read More »

Santander Bank's new program focuses on entrepreneurs in low-wealth communities in Boston

The Bay State Banner, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Part of the inspiration for the small business program, Robinson said, was a 2015 report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston that illuminated the widening local wealth gap between nonwhites and whites. “The Color of Wealth in Boston” revealed vast racial and ethnic disparities in income, wealth... Read More »

2017 Commencement and Hooding Ceremony - Sanford School of Public Policy

Sanford School of Public Policy, Saturday, May 13, 2017
Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy held the school's MPP, MIDP and PhD Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Wilson Recreational Center. Dr. Kristen Cooksey Stowers, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut,... Read More »

American workers are being chewed up by a rigged, unfair system designed to generate massive economic inequality

Sky Valley Chronicle, Monday, May 8, 2017
But imploring people to simply work harder ignores the fact that most jobs don’t pay enough to get ahead. The federal minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, isn’t enough to live on in any major city in the country. And half the jobs in the United States pay less than $15 an hour. Getting an education... Read More »

Fighting An Unfair System

Floyd County Times, Thursday, May 4, 2017
Getting an education isn’t a guaranteed pathway out of poverty either. Consider, as New School professor Darrick Hamilton points out, that black college graduates only own about two-thirds the wealth of white high school dropouts. Creating a more fair and just economy will require solutions at... Read More »

How to make a carbon tax insanely popular

The Week, Thursday, May 4, 2017
"A lot of time people posit the environment against the poor, saying curtailing emissions will particularly hurt the poor," Paul [Postdoctoral Associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity] told The Week in an interview. "And they're right. But through proper policy design we can... Read More »

A Distributional Analysis of a Carbon Tax and Dividend in the United States

Political Economy Research Institute - University of Massachusetts Amherst, Thursday, May 4, 2017
A new working paper by Mark Paul, Postdoctoral Associate with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and Anders Fremstad, entitled "A Distributional Analysis of a Carbon Tax and Dividend in the United States," was featured as a part of the Political Economy Research... Read More »

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