Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion: a Critique

In this post, I am going to critique the literature linking ethnic diversity to low levels of social cohesion. The Putnam Study Putnam (2007) is easily the most often cited paper to show that diversity negatively impacts communities. Putnam shows that participants from more diverse regions reported lower levels of social capital, the degree to … Continue reading Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion: a Critique

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Early European and Contemporary Hispanic Immigration: a Comparison of Crime and Income

Hispanic Americans make less money, on average than White Americans: They also have higher rates of crime:   Carson (2015) Some argue that this was also true of early waves of European immigrants to America and so we should expect Hispanics to assimilate just as Europeans did. There are many problems with this narrative. Here, … Continue reading Early European and Contemporary Hispanic Immigration: a Comparison of Crime and Income

Race, Wealth, and Economic Freedom in North and South America

Previously, it has been shown that variation in intelligence and mean socio-economic status between the nations of North and South America can be partially accounted for by national variation in racial genetic admixture which in turn correlations with regional cognitive ability. It is also well known that, in the United States, Whites are more likely … Continue reading Race, Wealth, and Economic Freedom in North and South America

Racial Demographics and State Voting in US Presidential Elections: 2004-2016

A lot of people are worried about the impact that changing racial demographics will have on US elections. These fears are largely based on the fact that Hispanics tend to overwhelmingly vote democrat, and the US Hispanic population is accounting for a larger proportion of the general population every decade. Consider this data from NYT exit … Continue reading Racial Demographics and State Voting in US Presidential Elections: 2004-2016