Imran Rasul, 23 July 2021

Imran Rasul tells Tim Phillips about new research that shows the fraction of published economics research devoted to the causes and consequences of racial inequality is much smaller than in political science or sociology - and that this inequality has been getting worse.

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CEPR Discussion Paper, DP DP16115 Race-related Research in Economics and Other Social Sciences by Arun Advani, Elliott Ash, David Cai, and Imran Rasul.

VoxColumn: Economics and the study of race, Arun Advani, Elliott Ash, David Cai, and Imran Rasul.

Arun Advani, Elliott Ash, David Cai, Imran Rasul, 25 May 2021

In the wake of last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, many have asked themselves what they are doing to tackle racial injustice. For economists, one central question is the extent to which the profession has examined the causes and consequences of racial inequality. This column reports evidence that race-related research in economic journals constitutes a far lower share than in comparable publications in sociology and political science. What’s more, economists over-estimate the extent of race-related research done by the profession. Understanding why economists produce so little race-related research is essential if the discipline is going to be able to reform.

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