The Penn-Wharton Conference on Race and Economics

In honor of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

Hosted virtually, October 16, 2020

The Penn-Wharton Conference on Race and Economics will be hosted virtually on October 16, 2020, in honor of the upcoming 100th anniversary of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander’s receipt of her PhD in economics from the Penn Economics Department. 

The goal of the conference is two-fold: to promote current academic research by Black economists with an emphasis on topics of race in the United States, and to host panel discussions on racial inclusion in the profession and questions about how economics studies issues of race as a discipline.


(U.S. Eastern Time Zone)

10:30am Welcome
Wharton Dean Erika James: introductory remarks
Nina Banks: opening remarks on Sadie T. M. Alexander

11:00am Paper Session 1: Historical wrongs and present implications
Chair: TBD
Paper 1: Jhacova Williams
Paper 2: Belinda Archibong

Noon Panel discussion on racial inclusion in economics
Chair: Lisa Cook
Panelists: Mackenzie Alston, Kory Kantenga, Modibo Sidibe

1:00pm Break

1:15pm Paper Session 2
Chair: Gbenga Ajilore
Paper 1: Ellora Derenoncourt
Paper 2: Damon Jones

2:15pm Lecture on the history of the black-white wealth gap and reparations
Dr. William Darity, Jr.
Moderator: Bernie Anderson
followed by Q&A

3:15pm Break

3:30pm  Paper Session 3
Chair: Jamein Cunningham
Paper 1: Bocar Ba
Paper 2: Conrad Miller

4:30pm    Lecture and panel discussion on how economics studies race
Lecture: Dr. William Spriggs
Panelists: Dania Francis, Trevon Logan, Omari Swinton

5:30pm    Networking happy hour 
Breakout rooms assigned to scholars


Presented by

The University of Pennsylvania Economics Department
The Wharton School Department of Business Economics and Public Policy