Half a century after the 1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act, racial discrimination endures in many areas of American life, including healthcare. A new paper in Health Affairs, co-authored by Amitabh Chandra, faculty chair of the HKS Healthcare Policy Program, considers the problem of inadequate or inferior health care for minority patients and offers several recommendations for improving the situation in the U.S.

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"Income growth for typical American families has slowed dramatically since 1973. Slower productivity growth and an increase in income inequality have both contributed to this trend...Productivity growth has been uneven across the economy, with top firms earning increasingly skewed returns. At the same time, the between-firm disparities have been important in explaining the increase in labor income inequality."

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Jason Furman
Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy

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