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Fryer and Levitt Go Ghetto

In academia, it is seen as an honor when someone wants to reprint one of your published papers in an edited volume of collected papers. It is really an honor if someone wants to take the time to translate it into another language.

Roland Fryer and I feel so honored.

Back in 2004, Roland and I published a piece in the journal Education Next describing our research on racial test-score gaps. That paper was recently translated into ghetto English. The new version is here. It is a must-read (although very, very NSFW). Usually something gets lost in the translation, but I would say in this case it is an improvement.





Fryer On Black in America

Roland Fryer will appear on CNN’s Black in America series tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Read More »





James Watson, Black Intelligence, and New Research by Fryer and Levitt

Nobel Laureate James Watson got into trouble recently for expressing the opinion that blacks are less intelligent than whites. If you look at almost all existing data from standardized tests in the United States, there is indeed a sizable black-white test score gap. Whether the gap is due to genetic differences is a hotly debated […] Read More »





Are We Ready to Legalize Drugs? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions: Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Are We Ready to Legalize Drugs? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions.“ [MUSIC: Tallboy 7, “Robot Lover”]   Stephen DUBNER: Steve Levitt is my Freakonomics friend and co-author. He’s an economist at the University of Chicago. One of the most unusual things about Levitt is that he doesn’t […] Read More »





How Much Does Your Name Matter? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “How Much Does Your Name Matter?“ [MUSIC: Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators, “Witching Hour Blues” (from Harlem Mad)]   Stephen J. DUBNER: Dalton Conley is a sociologist at NYU. He has a book coming out soon, called Parentology. It’s about – well, here, let’s have him tell […] Read More »





Playing the Nerd Card: Full Transcript

Kai Ryssdal: Time now for a little Freakonomics Radio. It’s that moment every couple of weeks where we talk to Stephen Dubner, the co-author of the books and the blog of the same name — it is the hidden side of everything. Dubner, good to have you back. Stephen Dubner: Great to be here, Kai. I don’t […] Read More »





The Economist’s Guide to Parenting: Full Transcript

DUBNER: So you’re having a baby! Congratulations! That’s great. Welcome to the wonderful world of parenthood! It’s exhilarating, challenging — and probably more than anything, perplexing. Why? One word: experts. So many experts and so much advice. [SOUND EFFECT: All new Dr. Oz reports]   [SOUND EFFECT: Do you ever wonder how to raise children […] Read More »





Fresh Beer at Market Prices

Roland Fryer is a very enterprising young economist at Harvard whose early work, much of it in collaboration with Steve Levitt, is featured in Freakonomics. Roland’s creativity is not limited to academic economics. A while back, he told me his idea for opening a bar in Cambridge where an electronic tote board would list the […] Read More »