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The high cost of racism: Inequality, the economy, and public health

March 21st, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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. Email your questions. Presented with The Emancipator.


Michelle Williams, Dean of Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School (@HarvardChanDean)


Amber Payne, co-editor in chief, The Emancipator (@amberwaves)


Dana Peterson, Chief Economist & Center Leader of Economy, Strategy & Finance, The Conference Board (@Conferenceboard)

Nancy Krieger, Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Ted Lee, Senior Advisor, White House American Rescue Plan Implementation Team

Jourdyn Lawrence, FXB Health and Human Rights Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (@fxbharvard)


Date: March 21st, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events
Event types: Lectures / Seminars / Forums