For Black History Month: The Economics of the Great Migration

Ellora Derenencourt, assistant professor in the Department of Economics and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Ellora Derenencourt, assistant professor in the Department of Economics and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

At the tail end of Black History Month, we have posted to the Dollars & Sense website Rolling Up the Welcome Mat at the Door to the Promised Land: The Economic History of the Great Migration and Its Aftermath, an interview with Ellora Derenoncourt, assistant professor of economics at UC Berkeley.  (Make sure to check out the gorgeous photos accompanying the written version of the interview, also in the print edition, from the Charles “Teenie” Harris Archives at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art. Harris was a staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, an African-American weekly newspaper whose publication years, 1910 to 1966, coincided almost exactly with the years of the Great Migration.)

The interview was conducted by Zoe Sherman, associate professor of economics at Merrimack College and a member of the Dollars & Sense editorial collective.  You can listen to the interview here:

New Issue! Plus: Links

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(1) New Issue! We have finally finished layout for our November/December issue, which is our 40th-anniversary issue (see retrospective cover above). Two articles are posted: Arthur MacEwan’s “Ask Dr. Dollar” column on global inequality, and John Miller’s “Up Against the Wall Street Journal” column on climate change. Table of contents here. Look for more great articles from this issue online soon, including D&S collective member and economist Zoe Sherman’s piece, “Are We Better Off Than 40 Years Ago?” But why not subscribe?

(2) LA Hotel workers:  An inspiring story of a minimum-wage victory for hotel workers in Los Angeles (hat-tip: Jerry Friedman):  The Fight for $15.37 an Hour, by Steven Greenhouse.

(3) GOP Immigration plan:  Hilarious Andy Borowitz piece from The New Yorker about the GOP’s comprehensive immigration plan:  GOP Unveils Immigration Plan.

(4) Gruber-gate:  Naked Capitalism had good coverage of Obamacare shill Jonathan Gruber’s several anti-democratic/technocratic/econo-arrogant gaffes: It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Shill

Ok, that’s it for now.

–Chris Sturr