Roosevelt’s Racial Equality Work

July 21, 2020

The Roosevelt Institute continuously examines the intersection of race and the economy. Below, we provide a list of publications that have emerged from this work.


The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy (2017) – Andrea Flynn, Dorian Warren, Felicia Wong, and Susan R. Holmberg



“Unburdened: How Canceling Student Debt Can Boost Growth, Equity, and Innovation”

Black Women Best: The Framework We Need for an Equitable Economy – Kendra Bozarth, Grace Western, Janelle Jones

“Student Debt Forgiveness Options: Implications for Policy and Racial Equity” – Raphaël Charron-Chenier, Louise Seamster, Tom Shapiro, Laura Sullivan

Resurrecting the Promise of 40 Acres: The Imperative of Reparations for Black Americans – Sandy Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen

The “Double Gap” and the Bottom Line: African American Women’s Wage Gap and Corporate Profits – Michelle Holder

Don’t Fixate on the Racial Wealth Gap: Focus on Undoing its Root Causes – Anne Price

The Contribution of Shareholder Primacy to the Racial Wealth Gap” – Lenore Palladino

“The Racial Rules of Corporate Power: How Extractive Corporate Power Harms Black and Brown Communities and How Race-Conscious Solutions Can Create an Inclusive Economy” – Darrick Hamilton and Madeline Neighly

Bridging Progressive Policy Debates: How Student Debt and the Racial Wealth Gap Reinforce Each Other – Suzanne Kahn and Mark Huelsman

Ford Foundation Racial Wealth Gap Evaluation – Andrea Flynn and Rakeen Mabud

New Rules for the 21st Century: Corporate Power, Public Power, and the Future of the American Economy – Nell Abernathy, Darrick Hamilton, and Julie Margetta Morgan

“Exploring Guaranteed Income through a Racial and Gender Justice Lens” – Jhumpa Bhattacharya

The Student Debt Crisis, Labor Market Credentialization, and Racial Inequality: How the Current Student Debt Debate Gets the Economics Wrong – Julie Margetta Morgan and Marshall Steinbaum

“Hidden Rules of Race Are Embedded in the New Tax Law” – Darrick Hamilton and Michael Linden

“Economic Justice in America: Fifty Years after the Kerner Report” – Joseph Stiglitz

Justice Doesn’t Trickle Down: How Racialized and Gender Rules are Holding Women Back – Andrea Flynn

Rewrite the Racial Rules: Building an Inclusive American Economy – Andrea Flynn, Dorian Warren, Felicia Wong, Susan Holmberg


Blog Posts/Statements

Don’t Just Market Your Workers. Pay Them. – Victoria Streker

Student Debt Is a Racial Equity Issue. Here’s How Mass Debt Relief Can Address It. – Anna N. Smith

Black Americans Can’t Breathe: How Environmental Racism Has Intersected with COVID-19 – Kristina Karlsson

George Floyd and America’s Failure to Provide Safety, Security, and Justice: A Statement from the Roosevelt Institute – Kendra Bozarth

The Roosevelt Network and Young People Stand in Solidarity – Katie Kirchner

To Address Black Unemployment, We Need a Better Normal – Kendra Bozarth and Michelle Holder

Corporate America Owes Black Women A Lot. We All Do. – Kendra Bozarth

True Reparations Are a National Debt: Localities and Individuals Should Not Foot the Bill and Cannot Build Systemic Remedies Alone – Sandy Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen

How the Black Panthers Paved the Way for New Progressivism – Naomi Zewde

If You’re Black in America, You’ll Pay More for College and Get Less – Kendra Bozarth

How Racism Hinders Industrial Policy and Economic Progress – Kendra Bozarth

Juneteenth and the Legacy of Slavery in Today’s Economy – Rakeen Mabud

The Racial Wealth Gap Is a Symptom of Our Long-Broken Economy – Rakeen Mabud and Kendra Bozarth

The Structure of the Senate Works Against Racial Equality – Kendra Bozarth

Don’t Close the Gap, Build a New Structure – Anne Price

Knowing Who Shareholders Are Can Help Us Address Racial Inequality – Kendra Bozarth

Employer Power in Labor Markets Further Sidelines Women and People of Color in Today’s Economy – Jess Forden

The Effects of Market Power on Women and People of Color – Nell Abernathy