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/