The Boyd Center produces research identifying national and state economic trends that help inform public policy. Our research and faculty are published in and have served as editorial staff for several journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Economic Journal and the Economics of Education Review.
“The results suggest that in Tennessee, you could effectively boost income among residents by $800 million per year if you reduce opioid usage 10 percent.”
In important ways, much of the work of breaking down discrimination stalled soon after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. “It was fundamentally over by the time of the Reagan presidency,” William A. Darity Jr., a Duke University economist who is one of his profession’s most accomplished researchers on racial discrimination, told me. Over the past several decades, some barriers to advancement for women and nonwhite men have grown back. New ones have grown up beside them. A host of studies illustrate this. A recent and devastating one (http://web.utk.edu/~mwanamak/Intergen_NBER.pdf) is co-authored by a University of Tennessee economic historian, Marianne Wanamaker, who served a year in the White House on President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers. She and a co-worker went back to Reconstruction and measured how much easier it was for the sons of poor white men to climb the economic ladder than the sons of poor Black men.
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Economic study by Boyd Center and SCORE offers four policy recommendations.