Research & Publications

Scroll down to review the research that helps shape our work, along with materials from former BECMA events and publications by our partner organizations. If you have any questions about the information below, or want to add to our resources, email info@becma.org.

 
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What Is Behind the Persistence of the Racial Wealth Gap?

The average wealth of black households in the United States in 2016 was $140,000, while the average wealth of white households was $901,000, nearly 6.5 times greater. And the gap has changed little over the past half century. An important study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland concludes that when policies are focused on changing the income gap, this immense wealth gap dramatically.

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City and metropolitan inequality on the rise, driven by declining incomes

In 2016, the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution named Boston as the city with the highest income inequality in the nation. This was an instance where we were not excited for our city to be labeled number one. 

 
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Comprehensive Annual Report Fiscal Year 2017

In early 2018, the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office released their 2017 findings on how the Commonwealth did in terms of investing in Minority- and Women-owned business enterprises. The report is clear: while some progress has been made due to the establishment of new spending benchmarks, there is wide room for improvement. Read the report for more information.

The Color or wealth in boston

This report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston found that people of color, on average, hold net assets worth $700 compared to $256,500 in net assets held by the average white Bostonian. They also found 27% of Black Bostonians are "unbanked" (they don't have a bank account) vs. only 8% of white Bostonians. Topics like the low rates of homeownership and educational attainment were also covered.

 
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Boston naacp 2017 equity, access, and opportunity report card

In October 2017, the Boston chapter of the NAACP found that unemployment rates for Black Bostonians were more than double that of white Bostonians (10.7% vs 4.9% respectively).