Arnold Kling

Signs of Black Progress, with More to Come

Arnold Kling, Great Questions of Economics
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Here is a report on gains in the economic well-being of African Americans. Among many encouraging statistics, there is this:

In 1980, barely one in two blacks over 25 held a high school diploma. Today that figure is just under 80%. For blacks in the 25-29 age group, the figure is 86%, the same as for whites.

If there is no disparity in education between blacks and whites in the youngest age cohort, then the future promises to be one of minimal income disparity as well. At some point, we may lose interest in tracking statistics by race.

Discussion Question. Is black poverty more visible than white poverty because a greater share of white poverty is rural?

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