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Economy & Business

Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell’s Discrimination and Disparities

Rich or poor, most people agree that wealth disparities exist. Thomas Sowell discusses the origins and impacts of those wealth disparities in his new book, Discrimination and Disparities in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Sowell explains his issues with the relatively new legal standard of “disparate impact” and how it disregards the American legal principle of “burden of proof.” Sowell and I discuss how economic outcomes vary greatly across individuals and groups and that concepts like “disparate impact” fail to take into account these variations.

Recorded on March 14, 2018.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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