The Cook Center organizes its research, programmatic and scholarship activities into the following domains:

Within the Center’s rich interdisciplinary community, our research scholars pursue projects across various fields of inquiry as well as with researchers at Duke and scholars throughout the world.

Major Research Questions

  • How do group identities vary over time and space?
  • What creates variations in group identity formation over time and space?
  • What is the relationship between group identity established by self-classification, social-classification, and legal classification? Which is most salient, and in what contexts?
  • How does intergroup inequality vary over time and space? What mechanisms affect the degree of this inequality?
  • What are the consequences of the persistence of intergroup inequality over time and space? To what extent does intergroup inequality contribute to interethnic violence, trauma, and social instability?
  • What are the policies that will best produce sustained reductions in the degree of intergroup inequality?

Position and Possessions: Stratification Economics and Intergroup Inequality

Setting the Record Straight on the Libertarian South African Economist W. H. Hutt and James M. Buchanan

Self-Reporting Race in Small Business Loans: A Game-Theoretic Analysis of Evidence from PPP Loans in Durham, NC

Returns in the Labor Market: A Nuanced View of Penalties at the Intersection of Race and Gender in the US

Depression in the African American Christian Community: Examining Denominational and Gender Differences

Telemedicine services in higher education: a review of college and university websites

Racial Disparities in Household Wealth Following the Great Recession

About Face: Seeing Class and Race

Responding to Health Disparities in Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions and COVID-19 in Black Adults: Recommendations for Health Equity

The effect of stereotypes on black college test scores at a historically black university

Racial Differences in Time at Work Not Working

A Fair Shake for Black Workers

Oil and Blood: The Color of Wealth in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Is this the “Golden Age” of Behavioral Genetics?

The Color of Wealth in Baltimore

Still Running Up the Down Escalator: How Narratives Shape our Understanding of Racial Wealth Inequality

Black Wall Street of the South: From Reconstruction to the Pandemic

Federal Job Guarantee as a Proposition for Enhancing Economic Efficiencies and Business Competitiveness

Baltimore Study: Credit Scores

Race, Phenotype, and Economic Disparities: Evidence from Los Angeles, California

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