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A young Harvard economist named Roland Fryer

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 21, 2005

A young Harvard economist named Roland Fryer Jr. wants to use economic tools to “figure out where blacks went wrong”. One of his papers addresses the six-year gap in life expectancy for blacks versus whites; he aruges that saltier black slaves were selected for the ocean voyage from Africa and that salt sensitivity has lead to “higher rates of cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney disease”.