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 engagement. While providing students with an empirical, economics-based understanding of racial inequality in America, this course also draws on work in sociology and public health to shed light on its ramifications for human well-being. Throughout the semester, students will critically evaluate research on the impacts of public policies – both current and historical - on marginalized communities. Example topics include: 1) the social costs of police violence on minority neighborhoods, 2) the consequences of “ban the box” measures on discrimination in hiring, and 3) the role of voter protections on racial representation and polarization.
This course is jointly offered with the Graduate School of Education as A145.