Question 1 (1 page and a half): Read the Introduction to Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century (online). Piketty has gained a lot of attention with his book, Capital in the 21st Century. Piketty describes income inequality as rising, then declining and now rising again. How does he explain the original rise from the 1880s to WWI? How does he explain the decline from 1930 to 1970? Why is inequality rising today and likely to rise in the future?

Question 2 (1 page and a half) Read “Anti-black Attitudes Are a Threat to Health Equity” (online). The authors test to see if “implicit” racism can explain opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Explain what is meant by the authors as “implicit” racism. Why do the authors feel that racism caused some political opposition to the ACA? What did they authors claim to have found from their statistical analysis, that seemed important? Do you feel the authors did a good job and were convincing?

Question 3 (1 page and a half) Discrimination issues are in the news. Besides the Black Lives Matter movement, there has been attention paid to race relations on a number of college campuses. Here, we will look at college enrollment by race, ethnicity, and gender. Find the percentages of students who are white, black, Hispanic, and Asian and, separately, find the proportions of female and male enrollments – all for undergraduates at the following universities: California State University Los Angeles, Yale, U.C. Berkeley, USC, and University of Alabama. Create your own table to show your data. For each university, report if you find stories of discrimination.

Extra credit (1-2 paragraphs, short answer) What was the March unemployment rate for the United States? Compare the unemployment rates of March and February by race and gender (for: WM, WF, BM, BF, HM, HF and Asians). Create your own table for the numbers reporting unemployment by gender, race, and ethnicity.

Format: APA Format, Double Spaced, Times New Roman size 12. In total there are 3 questions which need to be answered each in 1page and a half, an extra question which should be answered in 1-2 paragraphs.

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