Racial protests, activism, and recent unrest in the US and elsewhere have now laid bare centuries of unacknowledged racism and harm and some economists have consequently begun to evaluate our role in these historic events. In their latest paper, NOUS members Sandra Peart and David M. Levy provide an overview of the economists’ changing positions on race and chronicles both their successes, as well as their failures, regarding race and racism. In so doing, they attempt to provide a balanced account of how economists and their tools have influenced debates over race for better or worse.

The full paper is available here.