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Focus on the Wealth Divide:
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Our Racism and the Economy: Focus on the Wealth Divide event focuses on how racialized barriers to wealth accumulation deny families and communities long-term economic mobility and financial resiliency. Wealth is usually defined as the value of one’s assets minus debt, and it serves as a critical component of economic opportunity in the United States.

Jump to: Proposals | Documenting and explaining household wealth disparities | Structural racism and wealth inequality | Solutions to racial wealth divides

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Session proposals

These papers go into greater detail on the proposals presented by the authors during the Racism and the Economy: Focus on the Wealth Divide event.


A Wealth Tax Credit: My Second-Best Proposal

Proposal PDF | Dorothy Brown, Emory University

The Heirs Property Advocacy Institute – Helping Heirs Property Owners Convert their Land from a Loss Liability to a Legacy through Heir-Centered Advocacy

Proposal PDF | Dãnia Davy, Federation of Southern Cooperatives

A Participatory Approach to Local Economic Development in BIPOC Communities: Appreciating the True Value of Communities’ Assets | Moving Beyond Merely Home Ownership to All Ownership

Proposal PDF | Nia Evans, Boston Ujima Project

Systemic Racism and the Dispossession of Indigenous Wealth in the United States

Proposal PDF | Matthew Fletcher, Michigan State University

Documenting and explaining household wealth disparities

‘Parasite,’ COVID-19, and U.S. Wealth Inequality

Blog Post | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Disparities by Race, Ethnicity and Education Underlie Millennials’ Comeback in Wealth

Blog Post | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

A Wealth of Information: Augmenting the Survey of Consumer Finances to Characterize the Full U.S. Wealth Distribution

Discussion Paper | Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Changes in U.S. Family Finances from 2016 to 2019: Evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances

Bulletin | Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Disparities in Wealth by Race and Ethnicity in the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances

Blog Post | Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Income and Wealth Inequality in America, 1949-2016

Working Paper | Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Monetary Policy and Racial Inequality

Working Paper | Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Money in the Bank? Assessing Families’ Liquid Savings Using the Survey of Consumer Finances

Blog Post | Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Puzzlingly Divergent Trends in Household Wealth and Business Formation

Article | Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

The Real State of Family Wealth: Will COVID-19 Worsen Racial, Educational and Generational Gaps in the U.S.?

Blog Post | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Understanding 100 Years of the Evolution of Top Wealth Shares in the U.S.: What Is the Role of Family Firms?

Report | Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Wealth Concentration in the United States Using an Expanded Measure of Net Worth

Working Paper | Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Wealth Gaps between White, Black and Hispanic Families in 2019

Blog Post | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

The Black-White Racial Wealth Gap

Report | Thurgood Marshall Institute and Institute on Assets and Social Policy

Clipped Wings: Closing the Wealth Gap for Millennial Women

Report | Asset Funders Network

Wealth Gaps between White, Black and Hispanic Families in 2019

Blog Post | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

The Black-White Racial Wealth Gap

Report | Thurgood Marshall Institute and Institute on Assets and Social Policy

Clipped Wings: Closing the Wealth Gap for Millennial Women

Report | Asset Funders Network

Structural racism and wealth inequality

The Effects of the 1930s HOLC Redlining Maps

Working Paper | Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Reparations and Persistent Racial Wealth Gaps

Working Paper | Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Turning the Floodlights on the Root Causes of Today’s Racialized Economic Disparities

Field Note | Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Solutions to racial wealth divide

Thrivers and Strugglers: A Growing Economic Divide

Publication | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

The Future of Building Wealth: Brief Essays on the Best Ideas to Build Wealth—for Everyone

Book | Federal Reserve Bank St. Louis and Aspen Institute

Fintech, Racial Equity and Inclusive Financial System

Publication | Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Don’t Fixate on the Racial Wealth Gap: Focus on Undoing Its Root Causes

Report | The Roosevelt Institute

What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

Report | Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity & Insight, Center for Community Economic Development