A conversation with Kerwin Charles, Interim Dean and Edwin and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor at Harris Public Policy, about his latest research, which takes an innovative look at the earnings gap between African American men and white men from 1940 through the Great Recession.

The study's results provide a sobering picture of the persistence of income inequality for the vast majority of African Americans - but Charles' work also indicates that targeted, race-specific policies have been effective in improving access to top-tier educational opportunities and high-wage professions.

So how can we address the income gap in an age of increasing divergence between the highest earners and the rest of the workforce? And how can we make sure that economic policy is based on careful research instead of political ideology?


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