2012 Assets Learning Conference

Measuring and Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap

September 20, 2012  11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Room: Maryland A

There has always been a large gap between the wealth of white families and the wealth of African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American families in the U.S. and the Great Recession has made that divide much worse. This session will provide an overview of the racial wealth gap in America with gender dimensions highlighted as well. Presenters will shed light on recent data that attempts to measure economic inequities across gender and race, how this data can be improved and will offer their policy recommendations on how to mitigate these inequities.


  • Mariko Chang, Independent Consultant (Presentation - PDF)
  • Darrick Hamilton, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School
  • Rebecca Tippet, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia (Presentation - PDF)
  • Kilolo Kijakazi, The Ford Foundation (Moderator)