The National Economic Association (NEA) and the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE) announce and invite paper submissions for our summer conference titled, “Freedom and Justice: A Call to Action,” to be held August 7-8 at the AFL-CIO headquarters and Howard University in Washington, D.C.  The conference will begin with an evening reception on August 6 and have six morning and afternoon sessions in total on Friday and Saturday.

“Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within. Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted. Freedom and justice must be struggled for by the oppressed of all lands and races, and the struggle must be continuous, for freedom is never a final act, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political, and religious relationships.”

 — A. Philip Randolph


“Perhaps the obvious needs to be repeated; what frightens U.S. ruling-class circles is the linking of issues, strategies and, above all, people in struggle.”

— Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez


The conference calls attention to the words of A. Philip Randolph and Betita Martínez, activists and civil rights leaders, as we mark a half a century of change and struggle since the passage of the Voting Rights Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.  Randolph and other activists linked racial justice with economic justice for all.  The conference will provide a forum for discussion of ongoing racial-ethnic economic disparities and policy recommendations designed to counter them.  Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Bárbara Robles, Senior Research Liaison, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Two special papers/panels submissions are encouraged to discuss:

Black and Latino/a Labor Activism (to include: effects of right-to-work legislation on racial inequality, unfair labor practices and Black or Latino/a organizing, case studies or empirical work on the of use of immigrant status to limit the voice of Latino/a workers)

Macro-economic policy and Black and Latino/a Unemployment (especially the role of monetary policy)


Other Papers/Panels of Special Interest Include:


Housing, Wealth, and Segregation

History of Latino/as and African Americans in the Economics Profession

Economic Justice and Race-Ethnicity

Black/Latino/Native Incarceration and Jobs

Employment and Earnings Disparities

Poverty and Race-Ethnicity

Education:  Access, Earnings, Policies


We invite scholars to explore these and other questions at our interdisciplinary summer conference.

Abstracts of approximately 200 words should be sent as Word attachments to Only e-mail submissions will be considered.

Conference presentations must be no longer than 15 minutes.  The abstract submission deadline is May 1, 2015. Abstracts must include presenter’s name, title, affiliation, physical mailing address, e-mail address, phone number(s), and any audio/visual requests.  We invite submissions for individual papers as well as for panels.  Presenters will be notified of status by May 10th.  All presenters and attendees must register for the conference in order to attend.

The Conference registration fee is $125.00.  The conference registration and hotel information will be on-line and available once submissions have been accepted.

Bárbara Robles is Senior Research Liaison, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  She received her PhD in Economics with fields in Money and Banking and Econometrics from the University of Maryland-College Park. She is the author of Historical and Policy Dimensions of Inequity in Income and Wealth (chapter in, Justice for All:  Promoting Social Equity in Public Administration (2011)); U.S. Latino Families, Heads of Households, and the Elderly:  Emerging Trends in Financial Services and Asset-Building Behaviors (2009), and a co-author of the 2006 Gustavus-Meyers Human Rights award book, The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide (2006). She has taught at Arizona State University, the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Colorado-Boulder and was a visiting professor at Notre Dame University. She has held the position of Revenue Estimator/Economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation scoring tax legislation for the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees. Her research focuses on wealth inequality, community asset-building, community economic development, economic inclusion, tax and economic education, micro-businesses and entrepreneurship with special focus on low-to-moderate income populations.