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Our approach to understanding economic inequality is organized around our community development focus areas: access to credit, workforce development and regional economic differences.


Understanding the Black-White Wealth Gap

April 27, 2022

Urvi Neelakantan and Kristen Broady review their research on differences in wealth between races and potential causes behind these differences. They also discuss potential solutions to closing wealth gaps. Neelakantan is a senior policy economist at the Richmond Fed and Broady is a senior economist, economic advisor, and director of the Economic Mobility Project at the Chicago Fed.


A Tragic Reality

Aug. 3, 2020

Richmond Fed president Tom Barkin discusses racial inequality in the Fifth District and how the Richmond Fed is working to make a positive difference.

Tom Barkin
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


My Top Takeaways From District Dialogues

June 29, 2021

President Tom Barkin shares what he learned from conversations with educators and policymakers about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on students.

Tom Barkin
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


The Economics of Crime and Policing

Feb. 10, 2022

Ray Owens and Santiago Pinto discuss current trends in crime rates, the challenges of determining the extent of crime and its causes, and the impact of policing on crime rates. They also review research on racial bias in policing and the impact of police violence against Black citizens. Owens and Pinto are senior economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Health and Justice


The High Point Initiative

Third Quarter 2013

One North Carolina city sought a different way of breaking up drug markets without contributing to the higher incarceration rate of black men

Jessie Romero
Assistant Vice President