Making an Impact: 8 Accomplished African-American Economists

March 17, 2011  |  

Economists have an invested interest in our society. Some exemplary black economists have made enormous strides in addressing questions like how to conquer the wealth gap and what is the best economic formula for African Americans to thrive. Here is a list of some of our nation’s exceptional black economists:

Roland Fryer

Roland Fryer wanted to study economics because, he wanted “to figure out where blacks went wrong.”  Fryer’s economic quest began with a question. On the way to finding the answer, he conquered several educational milestones. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in economics from The University of Texas at Arlington. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Economics at The Pennsylvania State University. Fryer’s work earned him the status of the youngest African American to receive tenure at Harvard University. He is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research continuing his economic quest for solutions.

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  • Harris

    Kerwin Charles is the man!

  • They are just like all of the other so called economists.

    It is 41 years after the Moon landing. The Laws of Physics have not changed since 1959. They don't talk about the planned obsolescence of automobiles. How much have Americans lost on the depreciation of that junk since 1969?

    There were 200,000,000 cars in the US in 1995. At $1,500 in depreciation per car per year that is THREE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR. The White economists forgot to mention that too.

  • Marion D. Utsey

    Wow, This is great ! I majored in Economics and minored in Agribusiness and I love it!