Friday, Apr. 12, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (PT)

The Black-White Wealth Gap with Jon Haveman

In 2019, the average White family held seven times the wealth of the average Black family. This presentation by economist Jon Haveman provides a detailed discussion of the nature, sources, and implications of this gap along with suggestions for policies that can work to narrow it. The present gap in wealth between Black and White families is 400 years in the making. The policies that contributed to it are not well understood and will be discussed in some detail. Solutions are often focused on what the Black community can do to enhance its wealth holdings. However, these solutions may not be the panacea that many believe. Indeed, other proactive policies at the level of the federal government may be necessary to address the gap.

About the Speaker

Jon Haveman is the Executive Director of the National Economic Education Delegation (NEED) and is an expert on economic policy. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

[livestreamed + recorded • free & open to all]