Craig J. Richardson is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Economics and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) at Winston-Salem State University. Throughout his 30-plus year teaching career, Dr. Richardson has investigated the economics of property rights, regional economics, regulation and global economic development. He has worked for the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, the World Bank and the Urban Institute doing economic research. He has also consulted with Hanebrands, Inc. and been instrumental in helping the company better assess living wages by visiting their overseas factories and interviewing their workers.

Dr. Richardson has also published articles for The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes and many other media outlets as well as many peer-reviewed academic journals. His research topics range from economic mobility to healthcare to African economies and he is a frequent national and international speaker.

Dr. Richardson earned a B.A. with honors in economics from Kenyon College, and his Ph.D. in economics with specialties in labor economics and comparative economic systems from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.