Does College Level the Playing Field?
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Family Wealth among College-Educated Families

Symposium videos, slides, and papers are available here.

Conference Dates:
4-7:30 p.m. CT, Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Includes welcome dinner reception in the Inside the Economy® Museum            

8 a.m.-7 p.m. CT, Thursday May 26
Includes closing reception from 5-6:30 p.m.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza
Broadway and Locust St.
St. Louis, Mo.  63102 (map it)

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Recent research led by William R. Emmons, senior economic adviser at the St. Louis Fed's Center for Household Financial Stability (the Center), found that a college degree predicted rising levels of family wealth between 1992 and 2013 for whites and Asians, but declining levels of wealth over that same period for blacks and Hispanics. Through commissioned papers, this research symposium aims to better understand the underlying reasons for this troubling finding, which generated coverage from The New York Times and many other national and local media outlets.

Roland G. Fryer Jr. of Harvard University—awarded the John Bates Clark Medal for the best American economist under age 40, the youngest African-American to receive tenure at Harvard and recipient of a MacArthur "genius" fellowship—will deliver the symposium's keynote remarks.

Space is limited and early registration is recommended, as previous events presented by the Center have sold out quickly. Registration fees include breakfast, lunch and the two catered receptions.

The registration deadline is Friday, May 20. Cost for attendance is $75 per participant. A discounted early-bird registration is available for $50, if you register by Tuesday, April 15. A student discount is also available; however, student spots are limited.

For more information, including questions related to student registration, please contact Lowell Ricketts at 314-444-8807 or

Presented by the Center for Household Financial Stability and Research Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Hotel Accommodations
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
610 North 7th St.
St. Louis, Mo. 63101
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A select number of rooms have been reserved at a special rate starting at $169 per night. Rooms will be available at this rate through Monday, May 9 (or until they are sold out). Ask for the "HFS" conference rate when you call the hotel, or click here to register online.