The Institute for Economic Equity

The Institute for Economic Equity promotes a more equitable economy for households and communities in the Eighth Federal Reserve District and beyond. It works to support an economy that works for all, regardless of race or ethnicity, gender or where they live. Launched in 2021, the Institute builds on the research and activities conducted by its predecessor, the St. Louis Fed’s Center for Household Financial Stability, which underscored how structural and historical factors—including racism and discrimination—contribute to economic inequities.

The Institute for Economic Equity seeks to:

  • Examine how low- to moderate-income (LMI), low wealth or systemically disenfranchised individuals and communities interact with the economy.
  • Identify structural and institutional disparities that suppress the ability of historically marginalized communities to participate in and derive benefit from the economy.
  • Advance evidence-based ideas and policy analysis to foster a more equitable economy.
  • The State of Economic Equity on a U.S. bank note.

    The State of Economic Equity

    This work studies the challenges and outcomes for vulnerable groups and communities and examines possible ways to improve their economic security and resiliency.

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    The State of U.S. Wealth Inequality

    Examines racial, generational and educational wealth inequality using quarterly data that are based on average household wealth in the United States.

  • Economic Equity Insights

    Economic Equity Insights

    These research-based essays offer insight and analysis focused on advancing an economy where all can thrive.

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