David McMillon
David McMillon

Assistant Professor of Economics

Emory University

David McMillon is an assistant professor of economics at Emory University, where he teaches a newly designed course, The Economics of Systemic Racism. The goal of his work is to use systems thinking to combat systemic discrimination. He draws on his training to explore how features of complex systems can be exploited to amplify the effects of racial equity-focused interventions, for the same reasons they amplify inequities in the status quo. This includes work on the academic achievement, the school-to-prison pipeline, reparations and wealth inequality, and formal models of systemic discrimination. McMillon is also affiliated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility, and the Samuel Dubois Cook Center for Racial Equity. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in applied mathematics and in industrial and operations engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences.

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