fbpx The high cost of racism: Inequality, the economy, and public health - Michelle Williams and Nancy Krieger | Harvard Kennedy School

HKS Affiliated Authors

Dean of the Faculty, HSPH; Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, HSPH and HKS

Additional Authors:

  • Nancy Krieger

Excerpt

March 21, 2022, Video: "When economist Dana Peterson set out to quantify the economic toll of racism against Black Americans, she came up with an estimate of $16 trillion — over just the past two decades. Discriminatory lending, wage disparities, and inequities in access to higher education, among other factors, have limited the Black community’s ability to generate personal wealth and economic growth. Other communities of color have had similar experiences. And the impact goes far beyond the economy: Each of these factors also takes an enormous toll on the health and well-being of people of color. This panel brings together economic, scientific, and policy experts to discuss how we can build a more equitable and healthier future for everyone. Presented with The Emancipator."

Non-HKS Harvard Faculty Websites - Michelle Williams and Nancy Krieger