Working Paper Series

We support in-depth, multidisciplinary research that carefully examines the conceptual frameworks of economic thinking. This series focuses on critical areas in the discipline that are relevant right now.

Race to the Bottom: Low Productivity, Market Power, and Lagging Wages

“Dualism” in the structure of production across sectors of the US economy, employment by sector, productivity levels and growth, real wages, and intersectoral terms-of trade increased markedly between 1990 and 2016.  Read more

Lending a Hand: How Small Black Businesses Supported the Civil Rights Movement

A large literature has detailed the seminal roles played in the Civil Rights Movement by activists, new political organizations, churches, and philanthropies. But black-owned businesses also provided a behind-the-scenes foundation for the movement’s success. Read more