Week 5 Discussion Notes

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Week 4 Discussion Notes 1) Who’s got articles for this week? 2) Questions about the lecture? 3) Questions of the week: Discussion Questions Christopher Jencks discusses five kinds of economic discrimination; two irrational: (1) principled and (2) myopic, and three rational: (3) consumer-driven, (4) worker-driven, and (5) statistical. What makes 1 and 2 irrational and 3- 5 irrational? How would you respond to someone who argues that a laissez-faire (free-market) economy will do away with discrimination? Just because discrimination is “rational”, does this make it right? Glenn Loury identifies a widening gap between the races in productivity-enhancing behaviors—the acquisition of cognitive skills, extent o flaw-abidingness, stability of family relations, attachment to the workforce etc. He attributes this to a subtle type of racial stigma (as opposed to discrimination). How would you distinguish racial stigma from more overt types of discrimination? Which is more closely related to “discrimination in contract” and which is more closely related to “discrimination in contact”? Devah Pager examines several questions that deal with the relationship between imprisonment, race and employment. She suggests that many Americans hold strong views associating race and crime and that lead to more negative responses for African American job applicants. How would you summarize the impact of a criminal background for white job applicants as compared to African American job applicants? James Heckman argues that growth in the quality of the workforce (educational attainment) has slowed down. Heckman argues that early intervention programs for young children are the most effective means to improve the quality of the workforce followed by interventions for adolescents and lastly by job training for adults. Why would Heckman say that disparities in educational attainment are important contributors to rising income inequality? How would you describe “non-cognitive skills”? How might one argue that the liberal focus on education tends to encourage individuals to adapt to labor market conditions rather than pursing changes in the labor market itself? Quiz Questions
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2010 for the course SOC WORK 206 taught by Professor Lock during the Spring '10 term at Wisconsin.

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