Racial Economic Disparities: Causes and Consequences
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Economics
Course Number: GECO 5040
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Economics
  • Policy & Analysis
This course critically examines the causes, consequences of racial disparities and social policies to address these disparities. Although it has been nearly 150 years since the emancipation of black Americans and nearly 40 years since the passage of civil rights and equal employment opportunity legislation, blacks still lag far behind whites in virtually every socioeconomic indicator. The course explores the merits and limitation of various paradigms aimed at explaining these persistent disparities. In particular, the course investigates racial disparities in various socioeconomic indicators such as education, labor markets and wealth. The course is divided into four parts: (1) an introduction to the biological and social construction of race and the problem of racial disparity, (2) conservative, liberal and alternative paradigms that explain racial disparity, (3) an examination of racial disparity in education, labor markets and wealth, and (4) policy solutions, such as affirmative action, reparations, and other policies to address racial disparities.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Open to Audit students.

Open to Graduate students.