Crack Cocaine and Education


From the 1960s to the 1980s the educational achievement gap between blacks and whites was shrinking. But around 1990 high school graduation rates for blacks began to drop. A new study suggests that the emergence of the crack cocaine market in the 1980s fueled this downward trend.

Guest: Craig Garthwaite, Assistant Professor of Management & Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Read Garthwaite’s working paper, “The White/Black Educational Gap, Stalled Progress, and the Long Term Consequences of the Emergence of Crack Cocaine Markets.”