Black Economists on Race and Policy: Contributions to Education, Poverty and Mobility, and Public Finance
Dania V. Francis
Bradley L. Hardy
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 2, June 2022
We explore the contributions of Black economists to research on major economic and social policy problems in the United States. We focus on applications in education, poverty and economic mobility, and public finance to extract common themes and patterns. The major themes that emerge include (i) Black economists' examination of individual versus structural explanations for economic outcomes, (ii) the role played by race and discrimination, (iii) the endogenous determination of race, and (iv) the nature of objectivity and positionality in economic research. A unifying theme is a willingness of many Black economists to engage critically on economic policy issues, using frameworks both from within as well as outside of mainstream neoclassical economics.
Francis, Dania V., Bradley L. Hardy, and Damon Jones.
"Black Economists on Race and Policy: Contributions to Education, Poverty and Mobility, and Public Finance."
Journal of Economic Literature,
Role of Economics; Role of Economists; Market for Economists
Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
Higher Education; Research Institutions
Education: Government Policy
Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law