Richard H. Sander

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Thomas Schelling's famous model of housing segregation started with a few coins on an eight by eight grid and some very simple assumptions about individual preferences. Using the SWARM programming environment, we have extended Schelling's concept to examine the contemporary debate about the nature and causes of housing segregation. We begin with basic(More)
In the current issue of the Stanford Law Review, Richard H. Sander has published an already widely-acclaimed study of affirmative action at American law schools. The article proclaims boldly, and contrary to received wisdom, that affirmative action hurts black lawyers by causing them to fail the bar. I show that this is incorrect. Sander's conclusions are(More)
1 In a widely discussed empirical study, Richard Sander concludes that affirmative action at U.S. law schools causes black students to fail the bar. 2 If correct, this conclusion would turn the jurisprudence, policy, and law of affirmative action on its head. 3 Yet the article misapplies basic principles of causal inference, which enjoy virtually universal(More)
Shelley v. Kraemer (1948) was a landmark civil rights ruling, in which the Supreme Court held that private racial covenants could not be enforced by the state to evict black buyers of "restricted" homes. Fair housing scholars have generally dismissed or downplayed the practical effects of Shelley, since other forms of housing discrimination remained very(More)
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