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2018 Wildavsky Forum for Public Policy

Thursday, April 12, 2018 • 7:30pm–9:00pm Add to Calendar


Boalt Hall, Room 100


The 23rd annual Aaron Wildavsky Forum for Public Policy presents an evening discussing:

When Black Lives Matter: Racial Differences in Police Use of Force & What to do About It.”

Racial inequality is an American tradition. Relative to whites, blacks earn twenty-four percent less, live five fewer years, and are six times more likely to be incarcerated on a given day. This lecture focuses on understanding racial disparities in educational achievement and police use of force and proposes solutions to reduce those inequalities.

Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory (EdLabs). Professor Fryer’s work on education, inequality, and race has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony.

Fryer's research combines economic theory, empirical evidence, and randomized experiments to help design more effective government policies. 

Professor Fryer was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the John Bates Clark Medal—given by the American Economic Association to the best American Economist under age 40. Among other honors, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Calvó-Armengol Prize and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. At age 30, he became the youngest African-American to receive tenure at Harvard.

His current research focuses on education reform, social interactions, and police use of force.

Before coming to Harvard, Fryer worked at McDonald's (drive-thru, not corporate).