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Expertise: Macroeconomics, regional inequality, criminal justice, fiscal policy, race and ethnicity

Olugbenga Ajilore is a senior economist at American Progress. His expertise includes regional economic development, macroeconomic policy, and issues in diversity and inclusion. He has been invited to testify in front of Congress. He has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and he has made many media appearances.

Prior to joining American Progress, Ajilore was an associate professor of economics at the University of Toledo. His research has focused on race and local public finance, peer effects and adolescent behavior, and police militarization. Ajilore’s work has been published in numerous journals, such as The Review of Black Political EconomyEconomics and Human Biology, the Review of Economics of the Household, and the Atlantic Economic Journal. In 2018, Ajilore served as president of the National Economic Association.

Ajilore received his Ph.D. in economics from Claremont Graduate University. He earned his B.A. in applied mathematics and economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

By Olugbenga Ajilore
The Coronavirus May Accelerate the Demise of Rural AmericaInsideSourcesMay 12, 2020
Rural America Is Starting To Feel the Impact of the CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressApril 28, 2020
Public Health Requires an Extraordinarily Aggressive Economic Response to Coronavirus Immediately—One That’s Larger Than What Many ImagineCenter for American ProgressMarch 17, 2020
Rural Americans Are Vulnerable to the CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2020
On the Persistence of the Black-White Unemployment GapCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2020
Economic Recovery and Business Dynamism in Rural AmericaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 20, 2020
Opportunity Zone Proponents Should Welcome Reforms, Not Fight ThemBloomberg TaxJanuary 14, 2020
Adversity and Assets: Identifying Rural OpportunitiesCenter for American ProgressOctober 21, 2019
The United States Is Not Ready for a Recession, But It Can BeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 27, 2019
The Harvest of American RacismCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2019
The Modern Company TownCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2019
3 Ways to Improve the Outcomes for African Americans in the Rural SouthCenter for American ProgressAugust 6, 2019
Redefining Rural AmericaCenter for American ProgressJuly 17, 2019
The Importance of Automatic Stabilizers in the Next RecessionCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2019
Using Marijuana Revenue to Create JobsCenter for American ProgressMay 20, 2019
Moore won’t be at the Fed, and the economy will be better off for itThe HillMay 3, 2019
Treasury’s Second Set of Guidelines for Opportunity Zones Still Leaves Struggling Communities BehindCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2019
The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-February 2019 Jobs Day ReleaseCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2019
The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-January 2019 Jobs ReleaseCenter for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2019
Wage Gaps and Outcomes in Apprenticeship ProgramsCenter for American ProgressDecember 12, 2018
A Provision in a New Senate Bill Will Only Further ‘Disaster Capitalism’Morning ConsultDecember 3, 2018
How Amazon, the NFL, and Trump get rich off a tax break that’s supposed to help poor peopleMarketWatchNovember 15, 2018
The Treasury Department’s Regulations for Opportunity Zones Ignore the Communities They Should ServeCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2018
Under President Trump, Workers Continue to StruggleCenter for American ProgressSeptember 11, 2018