Is there racism in economic research?

Patrick L. Mason, Samuel L. Myers, William A. Darity

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    This paper examines the issue of racism in economic research. Black and non-black scholars do see the world differently. Black authors are 13% more likely to report a finding of racial discrimination against blacks. Additionally, among the profession as a whole, there is a continuous long-term trend against published studies finding racial discrimination in the economics of crime, credit, or labor markets. Further, papers published in The Review of Black Political Economy (RBPE) - a black controlled economics journal - receive nearly four fewer citations than papers published in the average economics journals, while papers published in the top-tier journals receive a premium of more than eight citations relative to the average economics journal. Finally, black authors were slightly less likely to publish in top-tier journals.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)755-761
    Number of pages7
    JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2005


    • Racial discrimination
    • Socioeconomic inequalities


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