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Race and Economics — Fall 2023

The theme for the fall 2023 Political Economy Reading Program was Race and Economics. Participants explored debates about the causes and consequences of discrimination, the economics of slavery, and the intellectual history of thinking about race in economics.

Why do racial disparities in income and wealth persist? What role can markets and government policy play in affecting those disparities? What role did slave labor play in U.S. economic history? Participants received a set of readings that will provide a foundation for the discussions to address the above questions, among other questions of importance to the program theme.

Participants also attended a summit hosted at Texas Tech University with program participants from Angelo State University, on September 29-30, 2023. The summit featured formal remarks from Rachel Ferguson, a philosopher and Professor of Business at Concordia University Chicago, and Phillip Magness, an economic historian and Senior Research Faculty at the American Institute for Economic Research. Participants engaged in interactive discussion groups on issues related to the program theme.

The schedule of readings and topics of discussion for the fall 2023 program can be found at the following link:

Political Economy Reading Program - Fall 2023 Reading List


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More general information about the program and application process can be found on the Political Economy Reading Program page.

For details about previous reading programs, visit the McLane Teammates Reading Program page.