Thursday, November 07, 2002

Is there a lasting effect of racism?
The Dartmouth News has am article about the research of economist Bruce Sacerdote on the lingering effects of slavery. His conclusions are that the income effects of slavery itself (versus being a free black) disappear within two generations. An abstract to the paper itself is here; you can download a full copy of the paper from the bottom of the page if you are at SCSU (our dean provides for a subscription to the service.) I don't think it has much to do with the racism question currently discussed, but I do think it puts a mighty big hole in the reparations question.