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Opinion: Economy needs to create 4.4 million more jobs

MarketWatch, Monday, July 31, 2017
Recognizing the harm caused by this “employment gap” — which has historically been a persistent reality for some groups, such as African-American workers, even during otherwise robust labor markets — policy experts such as Sandy Darity and Darrick Hamilton, as well as others, have long advocated... Read More »

Does White America Fear Black Equality? The Economic Forces Behind Trump’s Win

International Business Times, Monday, July 31, 2017
Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory is often portrayed as a reflection of voter anger about America’s increasing economic inequality. Polls have indeed shown that Americans believe the country’s economic system is unfair. But in a new podcast, Duke University’s William Darity tells International... Read More »

The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party

In These Times: With Liberty and Justice for All, Thursday, July 27, 2017
This isn’t some pie-in-the-sky fantasy. A federal job guarantee has been part of the national conversation going back to at least 1934 when Louisiana’s populist governor Huey Long called for it in his “Share the Wealth” plan. Franklin Roosevelt included a federal job guarantee in his famous second... Read More »

Back to Work: How Democrats can win over Americans left behind in the new economy

New Republic, Tuesday, July 18, 2017
So how, exactly, would a federal jobs guarantee work? William Darity Jr., an economist at Duke University who has long advocated for guaranteed jobs, has proposed that employment come with a minimum salary of $23,000 a year—enough to push every American above the poverty line. The CAP proposal... Read More »

Georgetown enslaved her ancestors. Now she's an incoming student.

The Times-Picayune, Tuesday, July 18, 2017
While Georgetown may offer preferential admission to descendants like Thomas, the financial barriers mean that not all will be able to go, said Kilolo Kijakazi, an institute fellow at the D.C.-based Urban Institute. She, along with economists from Duke University, The New School in New... Read More »

California Climate Crossroads: Gov. Brown is Supporting a Giveaway to Polluters

HuffPost, Thursday, July 13, 2017
California currently has one of the most comprehensive climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction programs in the world. Bold legislation supporting the reduction of pollutants, include AB 32 and SB 32, set ambitious goals for California to rapidly transition to a green economy. While... Read More »

Did You Know That Poor White Children Are Less Likely To Go To Jail Than Wealthy Black Children?

Financial Juneteenth, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
“Race trumps class, at least when it comes to incarceration,” Darrick Hamilton, one of the researchers who produced the study, told the Washington Post. It was found that only the wealthiest Black youth – those whose household annual income in 1985 exceeded $69,000 in 2012 dollars – had a slightly... Read More »

Can Baby Bonds Help Shrink the Wealth Gap?

City Lab, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
"The Fed’s work on the issue began several years ago with its support of the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color, a landmark survey co-written by Hamilton and Duke economist William Darity Jr. and funded in part by the Ford Foundation. The study measured wealth across racial and... Read More »

Forget a Higher Minimum Wage—Here’s a Better Way to Help American Workers

Washington Monthly, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Many mainstream economists say that the U.S. economy has fully “recovered” from the Great Recession. Moody’s chief economist, Mark Zandi, for example, recently warned that “[w]ith the economy at full employment and seeming destined to blow past it, the current [economic] expansion is likely... Read More »

Samuel DuBois Cook remembered for his passion for civic engagement, social justice

The Chronicle, Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Samuel DuBois Cook, Trustee Emeritus and the first tenured African American professor at Duke, passed away in May 2017. Fifty-one years after he first joined Duke's faculty, his colleagues remember the legacy the "towering figure" left behind.  Cook's influence on the University was not... Read More »

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