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Closing the racial wealth gap will require targeted policies that help women of color build wealth.
Black families are choosing to prioritize philanthropy despite structural barriers to building wealth.
By 2003, the savings and asset-building field had achieved critical research and policy successes. However, there were few organizations of color in the field and few experts of color at decisionmaking tables. Over 11 years, the Ford Foundation developed a strategy to understand the knowledge and perspective of communities of color about saving and wealth building, and to include this perspective within the
The persistent racial homeownership gap and related wealth gap, have been in focus for some time. The declining black homeownership rate has reached an alarming level. The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center has been conducting in-depth research pieces on these persistent issues, and convened a planning roundtable in 2018 to collect stakeholder feedback and experiences from a national and
How do private transfers differ by race and ethnicity, and do such differences explain the racial and ethnic disparity in wealth? Using panel data and a family-level fixed-effect model, we find that African Americans and Hispanics (immigrant and nonimmigrant) receive less in both financial support and large gifts and inheritances than whites. Large gifts and inheritances, but not net financial support received,
An important concern for pension policy is the unequal distribution of benefits. Almost one-half of full-time wage and salary workers lack pension coverage on their current jobs. Workers with coverage tend to be economically advantaged in many ways. Covered workers generally are well educated, work for large firms, and earn high wages.
Urban partnered with the Chicago Community Trust on a new plan to narrow the racial and ethnic wealth gap in Chicago.
Kilolo Kijakazi, Institute fellow, testified before the US House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion during a hearing that examined the racial and gender wealth gap in America. Her testimony emphasized that the racial wealth gap was created by policies, programs, and institutional practices and that effective solutions required more expansive data collection on wealth
Steven Brown, a senior research associate and associate director of the Racial Equity Analytics Lab, and Signe-Mary, vice president of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population provided testimony before the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Business and Economic Development. The hearing included a discussion on the “Child Wealth Building Act of 2021” (B24-236) and tax policy proposals
The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee today gathered researchers, small business owners, and government leaders to talk about solutions for closing the racial wealth gap and empowering minority-owned businesses to grow and thrive. This is a pressing matter for policymakers because, as things stand, we’re headed in the opposite direction. Research I conducted and published with my colleagues
Students of color must often choose between attending lower-priced institutions or taking on more debt.
As we think about the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we’re reminded of something National Urban League Director Whitney Young said during that event in 1963: “The hour is late. The gap is widening.” Young was referring to the prosperity gap between blacks and whites. Fifty years later, that large gap remains. On average, white families have six times the wealth of black and Hispanic families. So for every $6.00 a white family
Large differences in wealth holdings exist between white households and their African American and Hispanic counterparts. This factsheet summarizes key findings from a study that explored the impact of private transfers on racial and ethnic wealth gaps. It found that small cash transfers had little or no effect on wealth holdings, but in the case of African American households large inheritances or gifts
This post originally appeared on The Government We Deserve. A recent paper by Bayer, Ferreira, and Ross on mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures finds that people of color had greater problems once the recession hit than did many others in roughly equal circumstances, such as income and location, but with different racial backgrounds. We believe this is a useful, though not surprising, finding in
Concrete solutions to close the wealth gap faced by people of color
Homeownership is the primary contributor to wealth building for Black households and continues to hold promise for building multigenerational wealth and housing stability for households of color. However, wealth is not accruing equitably to Black homeowners due to a long history of structural barriers and added costs. Households with little to no wealth are far more vulnerable during economic cycles, and the
Income inequality understates the size of the economic gap between whites and minorities in the United States. In 2010, whites on average had two times the income of blacks and Hispanics, but six times the wealth. Analyses of wealth accumulation over the life cycle show that the racial wealth gap grows sharply with age. Wealth isn't just money in the bank, it's insurance against tough times, tuition to get a
The difference between the average wealth of white families and that of African American families has expanded.
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