Samuel L. Myers, Jr. is the Director and Professor, Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Myers holds a concurrent appointment in the Applied Economics Ph.D. Program and the graduate minor in population studies in the Minnesota Population Center.
Myers has published extensively on applied microeconomic and policy issues in leading economics and interdisciplinary journals and books and monographs. He is a pioneer in the use of applied econometric techniques to examine racial disparities and discrimination.
Myers' latest co-authored book, Race Neutrality: Rationalizing Remedies to Racial Inequality (2018) explores the phenomenon of racial discrimination where there are no racists. In 2021-2022, he was a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar writing a his upcoming book, Minnesota Paradox: Racial Inequality and Progressive Public Policies that provides a definitive historical account of how one of the most liberal and progressive states in the nation became a state with some of the largest racial disparities in social and economic outcomes in the nation.
PhD in Economics (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976)
BA (Morgan State University, 1971)
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Podcast: How Did Minnesota Become One of the Most Racially Inequitable States?
Star Tribune, 06-20-2020
Poll: Minnesotans Respond to George Floyd Investigation
The Only Way to Solve the Race Problem in America is to Narrow the Wealth Gap
Market Watch, 06-06-2020
George Floyd's Death Exposes the 'Minnesota Paradox'
US News & World Report, 06-04-2020