Economics 116 – Race and the U.S. Economy

An examination of the experiences of racial minorities in the United States is incomplete without an analysis of the historic patterns of economic segregation and of how those patterns are reproduced in the contemporary economy. This course examines the impact of race on economic status in the United States from Jim Crow to the present. Topics covered include trends in income and wealth, economic theories of discrimination, historic patterns of occupational and residential segregation, and strategies to reduce racial inequality. An introductory course in economics is a pre-requisite.