racial wealth gap

Donald Trump — who founded his campaign on an appeal to white racial anxiety and began his presidency with an immigration policy that discriminates on the basis of national origin — is unlikely to put forth serious policy proposals on reducing racial and ethnic inequality. Instead, many fear...
02/08/2017
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Yesterday, I calculated racial wealth levels by educational attainment. The headline finding was that the least educated whites have a higher median wealth than the most educated blacks and hispanics. As a follow up, I thought I'd share similar data, but this time controlled by income rather than...
09/25/2014
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On PolicyShop, Matt Bruenig continues his series of analysis on the Federal Reserves recent Survey of Consumer Finances, this time considering racial wealth levels by income. Read the full post, Whites Have More Wealth Than Blacks And Hispanics With Similar Incomes
09/24/2014
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On PolicyShop, Matt Bruenig continues his series of analysis on the Federal Reserves recent Survey of Consumer Finances, this time considering racial wealth levels by education. Read the full post, White High School Dropouts Have More Wealth Than Black And Hispanic College Graduates...
09/22/2014
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No matter how many conversations we have about America’s past, there’s always some sort of obligatory outrage whenever America’s dark history is synthesized, criticized and laid out before mainstream audiences without any filters. For some of us, the stories of America’s past are nothing new, but...
05/23/2014
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Earlier today, I posted about the racial wealth gap using figures I derived from the 2010 Survey of Consumer Finances. One of the highlights is that whites hold 88.4 percent of the nation's wealth. White share of the nation's wealth is 31 percent higher than its share of the nation's population....
11/05/2013
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With the passing of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, commentators have been assessing the status of blacks in society. Matt Yglesias has a post about the black-white income gap, and how it has not budged in 40 years. Brad Plumer has a post at Wonkblog that features a list...
08/29/2013
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Earlier this year, we highlighted how the racial wealth gap tripled from 1984-2009, mainly due to structural barriers to wealth accumulation for households of color, including rampant housing discrimination that constrained where African-American families could live and restricted access to...
06/12/2013
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One of the Obama Administration’s proposed fixes for the housing crisis is to up the amount required for a down payment to purchase a home, perhaps even as high as 20 percent of the overall home cost. The logic behind the proposal is that the high down payment requirement will ensure that...
05/02/2013
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A new study from Brandeis University’s Institute on Assets and Social Policy shows a dramatic increase in the wealth gap between white and African-American families from 1984 to 2009. The study is remarkable in its depth, as it followed the same set of families over the 25-year period. The...
03/04/2013
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