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More Black Men Need to Earn College Degrees

More Black Men Need to Earn College Degrees

(Image: iStock/Steve Debenport) I’ve been interviewing presidents of black medical schools lately. I recently interviewed the president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and wrote a post based on that interview that you can read here . I’m also excited to be writing up an article based on an interview I had with the president of Morehouse School of Medicine.

Both institutions are addressing the issue of enrolling more black men in med school.

But what about black women? As it turns out, black women are earning more college degrees (as are women in general). But because fewer black men […]

Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income

A man climbs a ladder.

One of the most commonly taught stories American schoolchildren learn is that of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger’s 19th-century tale of a poor, ambitious teenaged boy in New York City who works hard and eventually secures himself a respectable, middle-class life. This “rags to riches” tale embodies one of America’s most sacred narratives: that no matter who you are, what your parents do, or where you grow up, with enough education and hard work, you too can rise the economic ladder.

A body of research has since emerged to challenge this national story, casting the United States not as a meritocracy […]

Black women are earning more college degrees, but that alone won’t close race gaps

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There are wide, stubborn economic gaps between black and white households in the U.S. Why? Many factors are at work, of course, including lower rates of upward mobility , discrimination in the labor market , big differences in rates of incarceration , disparities in access to quality education , historic exclusion from home ownership , and so on.

College education is often seen as a powerful tool to close race gaps. But it is at best only a partial answer, for four reasons:

> the gap in college achievement is as wide as ever black Americans with a BA are […]

Are we really that woke?


The culture wars have been at the center stage of our political discourse for some time now, and it’s about time we contextualize them. While it is true that people voted for Trump due to cultural anxiety , they also did so out of a deep dissatisfaction with the so-called “ establishment ”.

Their political choices may be misplaced, but the anger of these voters is not unfounded—the system has failed them. The U.S. has the highest inequality of any developed country and a staggering lack of economic mobility . Despite what some may assert, our politicians are largely to […]

Causes of gender inequality in bangladesh

Research Proposal: Cause and Effect of Gender A Model of Gender Inequality and Economic Growth This paper introduces a model of gender inequality and economic growth. Read more. Introduction . Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC). Gender inequality is a result of the persistent discrimination of one group of people based upon If you ask an economist to explain the causes of poverty in Bangladesh, you are most likely to receive an overly jargonised lecture, beyond the ability of The causes of poverty in Bangladesh are tough to tackle, weak infrastructure and gender inequality that prevents women from contributing to […]

Millennials’ American Dream deflated

HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 A.M. EDT. WEDNESDAY OCT. 26. THIS PHOTO MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST OR POSTED ONLINE BEFORE 12:01 A.M. EDT. - In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo, Gan Golan, of Los Angeles, dressed as the

Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP

HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 A.M. EDT. WEDNESDAY OCT. 26. THIS PHOTO MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST OR POSTED ONLINE BEFORE 12:01 A.M. EDT. – In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo, Gan Golan, of Los Angeles, dressed as the "Master of Degrees," holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt, during Occupy DC activities in Washington. As President Obama prepared to announce new measures Wednesday to help ease the burden of student loan debt, new figures painted a demoralizing picture of college costs for students and parents: Average in-state tuition and fees at four-year […]

Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income

A man climbs a ladder.

One of the most commonly taught stories American schoolchildren learn is that of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger’s 19th-century tale of a poor, ambitious teenaged boy in New York City who works hard and eventually secures himself a respectable, middle-class life. This “rags to riches” tale embodies one of America’s most sacred narratives: that no matter who you are, what your parents do, or where you grow up, with enough education and hard work, you too can rise the economic ladder.

A body of research has since emerged to challenge this national story, casting the United States not as a meritocracy […]

The Gentrification of City-Based Sitcoms


You might remember this TV show about how a group of homies got along with each other and with urban life in New York City. The characters were all in their 20s and 30s, and some of the guys in this group shared an apartment together. Some of the ladies in the group shared an apartment, too, in the same building as the guys. There was occasional romantic tension between some of the male and female buddies, and some of them even morphed into real romantic couples. There seemed to be no real point to this show other than […]

Why Won’t TV Show People Who Aren’t Rich?

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This year marks the final season of what might be the most underappreciated sitcom on TV, ABC’s “The Middle.” It’s a single-camera show about an Indiana family—the title refers to its character’s Middle-American, middle-class existence—and unlike the edgy comedies and tear-jerker dramas that dominate awards time, its humor is unapologetically middlebrow. But “The Middle” is charming, appealing and funny, in no small part because it has another distinction: It’s one of a precious few shows on TV today that focuses, consistently and honestly, on economic anxiety.

If there were ever a time to double down on stories of the American […]

Mobility and Flexibility Expand Working Mothers’ Success


by Yingling Fan

In the U.S., women have historically had less access to cars, but their traditional, gendered family roles have increased their share of household-related trips—think daycare pickup, grocery shopping, and the like. The mismatch between women’s mobility constraints and burdens has, in turn, created significant restrictions in women’s labor market choices. As a result, employed women’s work commute trips were, for decades, shorter in both distance and time than those of employed men.

Over time, women and men have played more similar roles at work and home. Since gender differences in travel behavior are often regarded as a […]