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Discrimination and Disparities

Discrimination and Disparities

by Thomas Sowell
Discrimination and Disparities

Discrimination and Disparities

by Thomas Sowell


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An enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell's brilliant examination of the origins of economic disparities

Economic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations. Many explanations have been offered for the differences. Some believe that those with less fortunate outcomes are victims of genetics. Others believe that those who are less fortunate are victims of the more fortunate.

Discrimination and Disparities gathers a wide array of empirical evidence to challenge the idea that different economic outcomes can be explained by any one factor, be it discrimination, exploitation, or genetics. This revised and enlarged edition also analyzes the human consequences of the prevailing social vision of these disparities and the policies based on that vision—from educational disasters to widespread crime and violence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541645639
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 44,414
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of dozens of books including Charter Schools and Their Enemies, winner of the 2021 Hayek Book Prize. He is the recipient of numerous other awards, including the National Humanities Medal, presented by the President of the United States in 2003.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Disparities and Prerequisites 1

Chapter 2 Discrimination; Meanings and Costs 29

Chapter 3 Sorting and Unsorting People 58

Chapter 4 The World of Numbers 87

Chapter 5 The World of Words 115

Chapter 6 Social Visions and Human Consequences 150

Chapter 7 Facts, Assumptions and Goals 186

Acknowledgements 224

Endnotes 229

Index 283

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