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phenomenon
used in Freakonomics

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Definition
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
  • Roland G. Fryer Jr., the young black economist who analyzed the "acting white" phenomenon and the black-white test score gap, may be among the next.
    p. 184.2
  • Now only two things were needed to turn crack into a phenomenon: an abundant supply of raw cocaine and a way to get the new product to a mass market.
    p. 108.2
  • While crack use was hardly a black-only phenomenon, it hit black neighborhoods much harder than most.
    p. 111.9
  • We have evolved with a tendency to link causality to things we can touch or feel, not to some distant or difficult phenomenon.
    p. 140.4
  • Many theories have been put forth over the years: poverty, genetic makeup, the "summer setback" phenomenon (blacks are thought to lose more ground than whites when school is out of session), racial bias in testing or in teachers' perceptions, and a black backlash against "acting white."
    p. 161.6
  • The data also show the black-white gap to be a recent phenomenon.
    p. 185.9

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