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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Overview

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. 

Results

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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Ani Turner

Ani Turner  - MA

Senior Economist

Areas of Expertise
  • Health Spending
  • Health Equity
  • Health Workforce

With over 30 years of experience working with government, commercial, and philanthropic clients, Ani leads Altarum research and policy analyses in areas such as health spending and workforce and the economic impacts of investments in improving health and advancing racial equity. Ani holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in applied economics with a concentration in labor economics, both from the University of Michigan.