It’s time for data-first diversity, equity, and inclusion
The average impact of corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training is zero and some evidence suggests that the impact can become negative if the training is mandated. [...] Our intuition for how to decrease race and gender disparities in the...
Affirmative action in college admissions doesn’t work — but it could
I benefited greatly from affirmative action. I very much hope my children will not — because the current system contains significant weaknesses. The fate of the American Dream depends on reforming it to make it work.
On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an affirmative...
Injecting Charter School Best Practices into Traditional PublicSchools:Evidence From Field Experiments
This study examines the impact on student achievement of implementing a bundle of best practices from high-performing charter schools into low-performing, traditional public schools in Houston, Texas using a school-level randomized field experiment and quasi-experimental comparisons
Learning from the Successes and Failures of Charter Schools
We examine charter schools across the quality spectrum in order to learn which practices separate high-achieving from low-achieving schools. An expansive data collection and analysis project in New York City charter schools yielded an index of five educational practices that explains nearly half...
An Empirical Analysis of 'Acting White'
Using a newly available data set, which allows one to construct a novel measure of a student’s social status, we demonstrate that there are potentially important racial differences in the relationship between social status and academic achievement. The effect is intensified among students with a...
Guess Who's Been Coming to Dinner? Trends in Interracial Marriage over the 20th Century
Guess Who's Been Coming to Dinner? Trends in Interracial Marriage over the 20th Century by Roland G. Fryer Jr.. Published in volume 21, issue 2, pages 71-90 of Journal of Economic Perspectives, Spring 2007, Abstract: This paper studies marriages across black, white, and Asian racial lines....
(With Loury, Glenn.) Affirmative Action and Its Mythology
For more than three decades, critics and supporters of affirmative action have fought for the moral high ground through ballot initiatives and lawsuits, in state legislatures, and in varied courts of public opinion. The goal of this paper is to show the clarifying power of economic reasoning to...
The Causes and Consequences of Distinctively Black Names
In the 1960s Blacks and Whites chose relatively similar first names for their children. The patterns in the data appear most consistent with a model in which the rise of the Black Power movement influenced how Blacks perceived their identities. We find, however, no negative relationship between...
Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Fryer's research combines economic theory, empirical evidence, and randomized experiments to help design more effective government policies. His work on education, inequality, and race has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony.