Panel: Building Policy Solutions to Address Wealth Gaps
(Social Equity (includes Ethnicity, Race & Gender))

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Pratt B (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  Thomas Shapiro, Brandeis University, Institute on Assets and Social Policy
Moderators:  Anne Price, Insight Center for Community Economic Development
Chairs:  LaDonna Pavetti, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Wealth is unevenly distributed in the United States. Women and people of color have fewer financial assets than their white and male counterparts. Researchers have documented some of these wealth gaps in a variety of ways but policy has not so far made a significant dent in reducing these wealth gaps. This panel will provide new data to examine the degree of the wealth gap for various racial and ethnic groups as well as for women, and explore public policies that might begin to address the racial, ethnic and gender wealth gaps in the US.

The Aftermath of the Great Recession: Revealing the Assets and Debts In Communities of Color
Darrick Hamilton, The New School and William Darrity, Duke University

Private Transfers, Race, and Wealth
Signe-Mary McKernan1, Caroline Ratcliffe2, Margaret Simms1 and Sisi Zhang1, (1)Urban Institute, (2)The Urban Institute

Home, Neighborhood, and the Racial Wealth Gap
Thomas Shapiro1, Hannah Thomas2 and Tatjana Meschede1, (1)Brandeis University, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, (2)Institute on Assets and Social Policy