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Reparations for African-Americans as a Transfer Problem: A Cautionary Tale

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  • William A. Darity, Jr.
  • Bidisha Lahiri
  • Dania V. Frank

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We examine how different methods of reparations payments to African-Americans affect both the black and nonblack populations of the United States using the framework of the transfer-problem from international trade theory as a theoretical foundation. We find that reparations payments that provide incentives for blacks to use the payment toward purchases of goods and services produced by nonblacks might expand the income gap. Also a reparations payment in the absence of productive capacity owned by blacks is found to have no final positive impact on black income. These results indicate that a reparations payment strategy must be carefully and cautiously conceived in order to achieve the desired effects. Copyright © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • William A. Darity, Jr. & Bidisha Lahiri & Dania V. Frank, 2010. "Reparations for African-Americans as a Transfer Problem: A Cautionary Tale," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 14(2), pages 248-261, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:14:y:2010:i:2:p:248-261
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    1. William Darity Jr & Dania Frank, 2003. "The Economics of Reparations," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 93(2), pages 326-329, May.
    2. Wacker, Konstantin M. & Großkurth, Philipp & Lakemann, Tabea, 2014. "Terms of Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and Development: A Case of Intra-Asian “Kicking Away the Ladder”?," Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration 122, Asian Development Bank.
    3. Konstantin M. Wacker, 2011. "Do multinationals beat down developing countries' export prices? The impact of FDI on net barter terms of trade," Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers 211, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research.
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