Economics of Race

Investigating race as a driver of economic destiny.


Learning from MLK, the Inconvenient Hero

Apr 4, 2018

The vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years later, and the relevance of his economic ideas today


How Black Businesses Helped Save the Civil Rights Movement

Jan 15, 2018

Behind towering figures like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. were the taxi dispatchers, pharmacists, grocers, and other small business owners who were instrumental in making civil rights a reality.


The Political Economy of Mass Incarceration: An Analytical Model

May 2017

This paper presents a model of mass incarceration in the United States, which has the largest proportion of its population imprisoned among advanced countries.


Why Economic Analysis Can’t Ignore Racial Categories

Dec 20, 2016

What Donald Trump does well, Professor john a. powell explains, is link economic concerns with ontological and racial concerns among his voters. Many economists and social justice activists, by contrast, try to reduce racial concerns to economic and class concerns. His presentation demonstrates the centrality, conscious or unconscious, of belonging and ‘otherness’ in comprehending the structures of society.


Inequality in the United States: A Darkening Horizon

Dec 19, 2016

Institute for New Economic Thinking-backed research into inequality explores how taxes and government policy have contributed to deepening economic inequality   


Can Capitalism Work for Women of Color?

Nov 8, 2016

Getting rid of barriers to economic security is possible with the right policies at the right time. 


Obama’s People and The African Americans: The Language of Othering

Nov 4, 2016

Language has always been a way to divide, conquer, classify, and control, but it also helps to constitute who we are and what we think. 


Why Can’t Economics See Race?

Oct 19, 2016

Theoretical dogmas that are literally blind to the causes of the racism that determines the economic fates of most African-Americans leaves the economics profession unable to comprehend or recognize remedies for a key driver of America’s crippling inequality. Instead, conventional economic models unmindfully shape policies that actually exacerbate racial conflict.


Here’s What Economists Don’t Understand About Race

Oct 18, 2016

William Darity, Jr. has a new key to unlocking the mystery of inequality: stratification economics.


All Together Now?: Inequality and Growth in US Metro Areas

Sep 10, 2014

With the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, the American public has become increasingly concerned about the scale and impact of inequality in economic life.