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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