William A. Darity
Professor of Economics
William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. He has served as chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and was the founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke. Previously he served as director of the Institute of African American Research, director of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, director of the Undergraduate Honors Program in economics, and director of Graduate Studies at the University of North Carolina.
Darity’s research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, North-South theories of trade and development, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the economics of reparations, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, the history of economics, and the social psychological effects of exposure to unemployment.
He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2011-2012) at Stanford, a fellow at the National Humanities Center (1989-90) and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors (1984). He received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award in 2012 from the National Economic Association, the organization's highest honor. He is a past president of the National Economic Association and the Southern Economic Association. He also has taught at Grinnell College, the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Texas at Austin, Simmons College and Claremont-McKenna College.
He has served as Editor in Chief of the latest edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, (Macmillan Reference, 2008) and as an Associate Editor of the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2013).
His most recent books are Economics, Economists, and Expectations: Microfoundations to Macroapplications (2004) (co-authored with Warren Young and Robert Leeson) and a volume co-edited with Ashwini Deshpande titled Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transnational Comparisons of Inter-Group Disparity (2003) both published by Routledge. He has published or edited 12 books and published more than 210 articles in professional journals.
Darity lives with his family in Durham, N.C. where he plays harmonica in a local blues band, occasionally coaches youth sports, and especially enjoys reading science fiction and speculative fiction. (On leave, 2015-2016)
- Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1978
- B.A., Brown University 1974
Craigie, T-A, Myers, SL, and Darity, WA. "Racial Differences in the Effect of Marriageable Males on Female Family Headship." Journal of Demographic Economics 84, no. 3 (September 2018): 231-256. Full Text
McMillian, MM, Fuller, S, Hill, Z, Duch, K, and Darity, WA. "Can Class-Based Substitute for Race-Based Student Assignment Plans? Evidence From Wake County, North Carolina." Urban Education 53, no. 7 (September 2018): 843-874. Full Text
Broady, KE, Todd, CL, and Darity, WA. "Passing and the Costs and Benefits of Appropriating Blackness(Accepted)." Review of Black Political Economy (January 1, 2018). Full Text
Akee, R, Stockly, SK, Darity, W, Hamilton, D, and Ong, P. "The role of race, ethnicity and tribal enrolment on asset accumulation: an examination of American Indian tribal nations." Ethnic and Racial Studies 40, no. 11 (September 2, 2017): 1939-1960. Full Text
Hamilton, D, and Darity, WA. "The Political Economy of Education, Financial Literacy, and the Racial Wealth Gap." Review 99, no. 1 (2017): 59-76. Full Text
Cobb, RJ, Thomas, CS, Laster Pirtle, WN, and Darity, WA. "Self-identified race, socially assigned skin tone, and adult physiological dysregulation: Assessing multiple dimensions of “race” in health disparities research." SSM - Population Health 2 (December 2016): 595-602. Full Text
Zhang, L, Sharpe, RV, Li, S, and Darity, WA. "Wage differentials between urban and rural-urban migrant workers in China." China Economic Review 41 (December 2016): 222-233. Full Text
Ramraj, C, Shahidi, FV, Darity, W, Kawachi, I, Zuberi, D, and Siddiqi, A. "Equally inequitable? A cross-national comparative study of racial health inequalities in the United States and Canada." Social science & medicine (1982) 161 (July 2016): 19-26. Full Text
Utley, TJ, and Darity, W. "India’s Color Complex: One Day’s Worth of Matrimonials." The Review of Black Political Economy 43, no. 2 (June 2016): 129-138. Full Text
Darity, WA, Hamilton, D, Mason, PL, Price, GN, Dávila, A, Mora, MT, and Stockly, SK. "Stratification economics: A general theory of intergroup inequality." In The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy, 35-51. September 8, 2017. Full Text
Sharpe, RV, Stokes, S, and Darity, WA. "Who attends for-profit institutions?: The enrollment landscape." In For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education, 119-157. April 3, 2017. Full Text
Darity, W. "The simple analytics of aggregate demand price and aggregate supply price analysis." In Inflation and Income Distribution in Capitalist Crisis: Essays in Memory of Sidney Weintraub, 9-24. January 6, 2016. Full Text
Carter, TA, Shields, TL, and Darity, W. "Introduction." 3-22. January 1, 2015.
Darity, W. "Eric Williams and color: Stratification in the Caribbean." In The Legacy of Eric Williams: Into the Postcolonial Moment, 109-125. January 1, 2015.
Hamilton, D, and Darity, WA. "Crowded out? The racial composition of American occupations." In Researching Black Communities: A Methodological Guide, 60-78. January 1, 2012.
Hamilton, D, and Darity, WA. "Crowded out? The racial composition of American occupations." In Project Muse 4, 60-78. DUMMY PUBID, 2012.
Myers, SL, Darity, WA, and Marsh, K. "The effects of housing market discrimination on earnings inequality." In The Integration Debate: Competing Futures for American Cities, 119-129. July 8, 2009. Full Text
Darity, WA. "African American reparations, Keynes, and the transfer problem." In Keynes for the Twenty-First Century: The Continuing Relevance of The General Theory, 199-206. March 31, 2008. Full Text
Religion, Spirituality and CVD Risks: A Focus on African Americans awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022
We Are: Working to Extend Anti-Racism Education awarded by William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020
Evaluating Proposals for a Federal Job Guarantee awarded by Nathan Cummings Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019
Faculty Diversity in Economics 2 awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2019
AFN Brief: Women and Business Ownership awarded by Asset Funders Network (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019
Collaborative Research: Identity, Stereotypes and Black College Student Success awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018
A New Research Program on Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Self-Employment awarded by JPMorgan Chase Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018
Stratification Economics and a Gendered Analysis Around Closing the Wealth Gap awarded by Nathan Cummings Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018
Reflections on the Impact of the Reconstruction Amendments: A Research Symposium on the Social and Economic Outcomes of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018
National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color, Phase V awarded by Ford Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017