Research Coffee Break: Insights on the Impact of Fees on Low and Moderate Income Communities with Devin Fergus


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Take an afternoon break for a quick dose of relevant research!

Join Spectra Myers from Prosperity Now’s Human Insights team as she sits down with Devin Fergus on Wednesday, November 7th from 3:30-4:00pm ET to discuss findings on the cumulative effect fees have on wealth redistribution from the poor and middle classes from his new book, “Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class.” We’ll explore the implications of fees in the private and public sectors for upward mobility and think through how practitioners and advocates might grapple with these issues.

About our guest:

Devin Fergus is the Strickland Distinguished Professor of History, Black Studies, and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. Author of the book Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class, Professor Fergus’ research focuses on political economy, policy, and inequality. His current research project examines white-collar crime and the racial wealth gap.

Professor Fergus has worked closely with several national policy organizations, such as Demos and the Center for Global Policy Solutions, and has presented research to a number of federal entities, including the CFPB and the U.S Treasury. Professor Fergus received his PhD in American history from Columbia University.

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