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News from EPI Media Advisory: How discrimination and rising overall inequality are expanding the black-white wage gap

On Tuesday, September 27th at 11 a.m. Eastern, the Economic Policy Institute will host a panel discussion to discuss new research showing that the gap between black and white workers’ wages was larger in 2015 than in 1979. Even when controlling for racial differences in education attainment, potential experience and location, the persistence of the gap leads the authors to conclude that discrimination and rising overall inequality are the primary reasons for the increased black-white wage gap.

Director of EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy Valerie R. Wilson and Rutgers University Professor of Public Policy William M. Rodgers will discuss their new work, with Richard Freeman of Harvard University and Dorian Warren of the Roosevelt Institute. CNN’s Tanzina Vega will moderate the discussion.

What: Discussion of new EPI research on the black-white wage gap and on policy solutions to close the wage gap

WhoValerie R. Wilson, Economist and Director of EPI’s Program on Race and Ethnicity and the Economy
William M. Rodgers III, Professor of Public Policy and Chief Economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University
Richard B. Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, and Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance
Dorian Warren, Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and Board Chair at the Center for Community Change
Tanzina Vega, the national reporter for race and inequality at CNN

Where: The Economic Policy Institute
1225 I Street NW, Sixth floor
Washington, DC 20005

When: Tuesday, September 27 at 11 a.m. ET

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