A Review of Thomas Sowell's Discrimination and Disparities

30 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2020

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Jennifer L. Doleac

Texas A&M University - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 5, 2020

Abstract

In Discrimination and Disparities, Thomas Sowell describes how economists think about the causes of disparities in socioeconomic outcomes. He cautions against government intervention to reduce disparities, noting that such interventions often have unintended consequences. In this review, I discuss the role of economic theory and empirical evidence in helping move society towards more equitable outcomes. I find far more reason to be hopeful about the role of government than Sowell does, but also argue for more experimentation and rigorous evaluation to be sure that our well-intentioned policies have their intended impacts.

Keywords: discrimination, race, gender, economics

JEL Classification: J7

Suggested Citation

Doleac, Jennifer L., A Review of Thomas Sowell's Discrimination and Disparities (February 5, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3532411 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3532411

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