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William Alexander Darity, Jr.

Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

Using data from the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color (NASCC), Darity will investigate the factors that drive racial wealth disparities. He will review prior studies on wealth transmission against the NASCC data to reassess the role that gifts and inheritances play in shaping the racial wealth gap. Darity will also examine the validity of the conventional belief that home ownership is the primary route to wealth accumulation for most Americans.


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