Obama, Katrina, and the Persistence of Racial Inequality | Weatherhead

Obama, Katrina, and the Persistence of Racial Inequality

In November 2008, hundreds of millions watched America's first
African-American president, Barack Obama, speak from Grant Park on
election eve. Three years earlier, millions watched a very different
scene unfold in New Orleans, where large numbers of very poor
African-Americans were in desperate need of assistance in the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Which of these images is a more accurate assessment of the relative
economic status of African-Americans? Boston University Professor
Robert Margo will examine the long-term evolution of racial income
differences in the United States since the Civil War. His lecture will
draw on insights from economics about the transmission of inequality
across generations.

Fee: No

Contact Information:
Teresa Kabat


Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7166
United States
Speaker(s): Boston University Professor Robert Margo


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