New Evidence on the Determinants and Consequences of Racial Differences in Outcomes
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
This panel will present research from CFED and the Institute for Assets and Social Policy, on the current state and future of the racial wealth divide as well as the economic and social impact this growing problem is having in cities like Chicago. Moreover, the panel will also present recent research that adds to a series of literature that calls into question the long-held believe that a higher-education is the “great equalizer” capable of helping communities of color achieve racial and economic equality.
Building on last year’s Ever-Growing Gap report, this panel will explore CFED’s upcoming paper, which will highlight wealth trends at the median for Black and Latino families and will provide new projections for the future of the racial wealth divide over the course of the Trump administration and past the majority-minority tipping point in 2043.
This panel will also explore Brandeis University's Institute for Assets and Social Policy’s recent released paper that shows that despite a college education being linked to higher life-time earnings and better economic achievements, those benefits do not end up translating to higher net wealth for Black college-educated households as they do for White college-educated. While we did not confirm a third paper at the time this proposal was submitted, we will invite a third paper that focuses on misconceptions about racial wealth divide or the role of education debt in the racial wealth gap.
The moderator will provide perspective on current efforts and policy strategies to reduce wealth disparities by race as well as his teams work to engage policymakers and practitioners on reducing racial wealth inequality nationwide. Our discussant will ground the panel’s conversation on the tangible economic and social impacts that the racial wealth divide, as well as segregation is having in Chicago.