Discrimination and Disparities (Hardcover)

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An empirical examination of how economic and other disparities arise

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 from to challenge the idea that different economic outcomes can be explained by any one factor, be it discrimination, exploitation or genetics.

It is readable enough for people with no prior knowledge of economics. Yet the empirical evidence with which it backs up its analysis spans the globe and challenges beliefs across the ideological spectrum.

The point of Discrimination and Disparities is not to recommend some particular policy "fix" at the end, but to clarify why so many policy fixes have turned out to be counterproductive, and to expose some seemingly invincible fallacies--behind many counterproductive policies.

About the Author

Thomas Sowell is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of dozens of books and the recipient of various awards, including the National Humanities Medal, Presented by the President of the United States in 2003.

Praise For…

"A sane, balanced and highly informed
discussion of many of the central issues of the day."—Washington Times

"Timely...a must-read."—Rush Limbaugh, The Limbaugh Letter

"Sowell's calm and calculated look at racial disparity in America is a stunning work of brevity and reason."—Federalist

"Everything Dr. Sowell
writes is worth reading, but this book couldn't be more timely. If there is any
topic that needs a strong dose of empirical data and common sense, it is this
one."—Power Line

"[Sowell] writes on economics in a manner that is not only accessible, but also relevant and even riveting."—The Conservative Woman

"Few works on politically explosive topics maintain such a consistent focus on empirical evidence while avoiding rhetorical jabs at opponents...those who cling to this dogma with religious fervor will likely avoid Sowell's fact-filled book like kryptonite. Folks with less dogmatic proclivities, however, would do well to peruse this concise work."—American Thinker

"Throughout his career, Thomas Sowell has been fearless in
confronting uncomfortable facts about human nature and ill-conceived public
policies. His new book, Discrimination
and Disparities
, is the latest in a long line of works that calmly
but persuasively shatter myths and ideological beliefs about race, ethnicity,
economics, history, and culture."—New York Journal of Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781541645608
ISBN-10: 154164560X
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: March 20th, 2018
Pages: 192
Language: English