Economics of Race

Investigating race as a driver of economic destiny.


Let Them Drink Pollution?

Jan 26, 2016

The tragic crisis in Flint, Michigan, where residents have been poisoned by lead contamination, is not just about drinking water. And it’s not just about Flint. It’s about race and class, and the stark contradiction between the American dream of equal rights and opportunity for all and the American nightmare of metastasizing inequality of wealth and power.


​The rise of financialization has led to lower living standards and reduced growth in the U.S.

Jun 12, 2015

The last 30 years has seen a massive rise in the importance of financial instruments in the American economy. But what has been the impact of this shift in corporate investment strategy?


Samuel Bowles Remembers Martin Luther King

Apr 5, 2018

The economist reflects back on the racial justice leader who showed him the limits of his academic training.