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persistent disparity

Race and Economic Inequality in the United States since 1945 William A. Darity Jr., Duke University, US and Samuel L. Myers Jr., Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice, University of Minnesota, US
Persistent Disparity provides a comprehensive examination of the magnitude and scope of racial economic disparity in the United States. The authors directly assess the extent of black economic progress in the US since World War II and address the controversy of whether the racial income gap is closing or widening as America approaches the 21st century.
Extent: 208 pp
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Publication Date: 1998
ISBN: 978 1 85898 658 6
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Publication Date: 1999
ISBN: 978 1 85898 665 4
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Persistent Disparity provides a comprehensive examination of the magnitude and scope of racial economic disparity in the United States. The authors directly assess the extent of black economic progress in the US since World War II and address the controversy of whether the racial income gap is closing or widening as America approaches the 21st century. Darity and Myers explicitly make the connection between what the theory of racial inequality espouses and corresponding policy recommendations for remedying such disparity such as affirmative action and reparations. The authors challenge the cultural–genetic explanation and advance a new theoretical explanation that incorporates a more expansive characterization of the nature and role of discrimination. They also conclude that conventional anti-discrimination efforts are unlikely to be sufficient to close the gap.

This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in US social and economic history, political economy, African-American studies, and public policy.
‘. . . the authors raise serious questions that often are not dealt with much in the mainstream economics literature. . . . Persistent Disparity is an interesting book with a provocative thesis that challenges conventional thinking. . .’
– John Lunn, Faith and Economics

‘Darity and Myers provide a trenchant analysis of recent trends in US black-white income differences. The book provides useful counterweight to and pointed critique of a recent spate of economic articles arguing that income convergence is occurring and that remaining racial differences are due to differential skill attainment.’
– J.P. Jacobsen, Choice
Contents: 1. The Widening Gap – Increasing Interracial and Intraracial Inequality 2. General Inequality in American Society and the Widening of the Gap within Races 3. Inequality and the Widening Gap between the Races 4. Education and Earnings Inequality among Family Heads 5. Family Structure, Labour Force Participation and Earnings Inequality 6. Forecasts and Prospects 7. Remedies for Racial Economic Inequality 8. Conclusions and Policy Directions