A Reader Reports Academic Evidence On Diversity vs. Social Capital

March 31, 2003

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An
Anonymous Economist Ponders Income Disparities In The U.S.

From: Robin Corkery

mpalouse8040@attbi.com

If you are not already familiar
with them, I recommend the studies of Dora L. Costa &
Matthew Kahn on the decline in social capital:

Understanding the Decline in Social Capital, 1952-1988
and

Civic Engagement and Community Heterogeneity: An
Economist`s Perspective
.
[PDF]

Both of them explicitly mention
racial diversity as a

cause
of the

decline in social capital
over the recent
generations. Though one can almost sense their
apprehension in bringing up the subject, they clearly
recognize multiculturalism`s corrosive effect on
cohesiveness within a nation.

Access to the

papers
can be gained through Costa`s website:

http://web.mit.edu/costa/www/