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
Darity Jr, W. A. “"Who Loses From Unemployment".” Journal of Economic Issues 33, no. 2 (June 1999): 491–96.
Ards, Sheila D., William A. Darity, and Samuel L. Myers. “"If It Shall Seem Just and Proper": the Effect of Race and Morals On Alimony and Child Support Appeals in the District of Columbia, 1950-1980.” Journal of Family History 23, no. 4 (October 1998): 441–75. https://doi.org/10.1177/036319909802300406. Full Text
Darity, William A., and Patrick L. Mason. “Evidence on Discrimination in Employment: Codes of Color, Codes of Gender.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 12, no. 2 (May 1998): 63–90. https://doi.org/10.1257/jep.12.2.63. Full Text
Gibson, Karen J., William A. Darity, and Samuel L. Myers. “Revisiting Occupational Crowding in the United States: A Preliminary Study.” Feminist Economics 4, no. 3 (January 1998): 73–95. https://doi.org/10.1080/135457098338310. Full Text
Goldsmith, A. H., J. R. Veum, and W. A. Darity Jr. “Race, cognitive skills, psychological capital and wages.” Review of Black Political Economy 26, no. 2 (1998): 18–21.
Jr, S. L. M., and C. Chung. “Racial earnings disparities and family structure.” Southern Economic Journal 65, no. 1 (1998): 20–41.
Darity Jr, W. A. “Intergroup disparity: Economic theory and social science evidence.” Southern Economic Journal 64, no. 4 (1998): 805–26.
Winfrey, W., and W. Darity. “Increasing Returns and Intensification: A Reprise on Ester Boserup's Model of Agricultural Growth.” Metroeconomica 48, no. 1 (January 1, 1997): 60–80. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-999X.00021. Full Text
Goldsmith, A. H., J. R. Veum, and W. A. Darity Jr. “The impact of psychological and human capital on wages.” Economic Inquiry 35, no. 4 (1997): 815–29.
Darity Jr, W. A. “Formally modeling a gender-segregated economy: A reply to Campbell and Warner.” World Development 25, no. 12 (1997): 2159–61.