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Desmond Ang

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Taubman Bldg 358

This course examines the causes and consequences of racial inequality across a range of domains - from education and criminal justice to labor markets and civic and social engagement. While providing students with an economic toolkit for understanding and discussing discrimination, this interdisciplinary course also draws on work in sociology and social psychology to shed light on the real-world ramifications of racial inequality in America. Throughout the course, students will engage in critical evaluation of the impacts that public policies – both current and historical - have on marginalized communities. Example topics include: 1) the social costs of police violence in minority neighborhoods, 2) the consequences of “ban the box” measures on discrimination in hiring, and 3) the role of civil rights policies in minority representation and racial polarization.