There’s a lot of talk about race these days. But high-frequency chatter can obscure some of the more important longer-term trends shaping the lives of African-Americans. Which is why Betsey Stevenson and I turn to the data, in a new paper, “Subjective and Objective Indicators of Racial Happiness.” The full version is here, but David Leonhardt does a splendid job of writing up the paper in today’s New York Times (plus don’t miss the great graphic).
The big idea in the paper is to see what we can learn from subjective indicators—like happiness—that isn’t evident in objective indicators.
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