Economic Policy

The Joint Center’s economic policy program identifies challenges and opportunities for advancing the economic status of Black communities. See below for research, analysis, and activities related to economic policy.

Joint Center Vice President Joins Webinar Conversation on ‘Surviving COVID-19’s Economic Impact While Black’

On Wednesday, May 13, Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined other leading Black economists to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and its economic impact on Black communities. Other panelists include Groundwork Collaborative Managing Director of Policy and Research Janelle Jones and Howard University Professor in the Department of Economics and Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO…

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Joint Center Vice President to Join Webinar Conversation on ‘Surviving COVID-19’s Economic Impact While Black’

On Wednesday, May 13, Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton will join other leading Black economists to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and its economic impact on Black communities. Other panelists include Groundwork Collaborative Managing Director of Policy and Research Janelle Jones and Howard University Professor in the Department of Economics and Chief Economist to the…

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Joint Center Signs Letter Urging Congress to Support Access to Affordable Broadband Internet in a Upcoming COVID-19 Stimulus Package

The Joint Center joined over 200 businesses and organizations in signing a letter to House and Senate leadership urging Congress “support access to affordable broadband internet in forthcoming COVID-19 stimulus package.” The letter signing, which was released by Public Knowledge, includes signatures from Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, HBCU Innovation Center, NAACP, National Skills…

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April 27 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

This roundup reviews recent COVID-19 policy developments that affect Black communities. Click here for our COVID-19 policy page, which is constantly updated. Last week, Congress passed and the President signed a $484 billion stimulus package which also required that federal officials disclose available racial data on COVID-19. The Joint Center hosted U.S. House Ed and Labor Chair…

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Apr. 20 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

This roundup reviews recent COVID-19 policy developments that affect Black communities. Click here for our COVID-19 policy page, which is constantly updated. Last week, Anthony Fauci met with the CBC, record unemployment claims continued, and the Joint Center hosted an online briefing on accessible vote-by-mail and safe in-person voting for Black communities with Stacey Abrams and top voting…

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Apr. 13 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

This roundup reviews recent COVID-19 policy developments that affect Black communities. Click here for our COVID-19 policy page, which is constantly updated. Last week, the Washington Post published the Joint Center’s op-ed calling on the CDC to release racial data on COVID-19 deaths, and the Administration acknowledged that the coronavirus is hitting Black communities particularly hard. Survey…

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Joint Center President Joins NCNW’s Webinar on the COVID-19 Crisis and the Black Community

On Thursday, April 9, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined NCNW’s webinar, Crisis & Communications Webinar THE PANDEMIC & THE COMMUNITY. During the discussion, panelists discussed the importance of transparency during the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring Black communities are “at the table” when Congress returns and begins to discuss legislation including accessible vote-by-mail and safe in-person…

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Joint Center President Spencer Overton Calls for the CDC to Disclose Data on COVID-19 Deaths By Race in Washington Post Op-Ed

Even though early data suggests the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting Black communities particularly hard, the federal government is not providing nationwide data about COVID-19’s impact by race. In a Washington Post op-ed, Joint Center President Spencer Overton explains why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should disclose COVID-19 cases and deaths by race to contain the spread…

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