The Business Case for Racial Equity

Altarum is making the business case for investing in policies and programs that promote racial equity.

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The W. K. Kellogg Foundation wanted to add an economic case to the social justice argument for racial equity. Altarum produced, then updated a landmark brief connecting greater equity to a stronger US workforce, customer base, and fiscal environment. We also produced briefs specific to Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans.

Our Approach

Combining data analysis, existing research, and input from expert consultants, we described where we are now in terms of disparities, how we got there, and where we go from here in the domains of housing, education, health, incarceration, and employment/entrepreneurship. We quantified the benefits of reducing inequities in terms of greater earnings, consumer spending, and tax revenues, less spending on health care and incarceration, and greater economic growth. 


Among the first in a growing body of work on the economic benefits of racial equity, our briefs have penetrated state and federal policy circles, college classrooms, nonprofits, national radio and television, community race discussions, and social impact investing.

The Business Case for Racial Equity Contact

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Erin Butto

Erin Butto  - MPH

Deputy Director, Value in Health Care

Areas of Expertise
  • Research and Analytics
  • Health Policy Analysis

Erin is deputy director of the Center for Value in Health Care, where she leads projects involving applied research, analytics and advocacy to advance value in health care. Erin holds a master's degree in public health with a focus on health behavior and health promotion from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ani Turner

Ani Turner  - MA

Director of Sustainable Health Spending Strategies

Areas of Expertise
  • Health Sector Spending
  • Health Equity

With over 25 years of experience working with both government and commercial sector clients, Ani leads Altarum's forecasting work on areas such as health sector spending and employment, as well as on studies focusing on societal impacts of health disparities and equity. Ani holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in applied economics with a concentration in labor economics, both from the University of Michigan.