6. Perfect Parenting, Part II; or: Would a Roshanda by Any Other. Name Smell as Sweet? Obsessive or not, any parent wants to believe that she is making a big. Chapter six covers the first thing a parent ever does for their children: naming them. The author’s major question is if names (as in the instances. Notes on: “A Roshanda by Any Other Name” (the final chapter of Freakonomics) plus Endnotes (to Freakonomics). The most interesting part of the book.

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Next come lists of names correlated with level of maternal education. To begin studying this issue, we can return to the ideas of Roland Fryerwhom we encountered in the last chapter. Winner turned out exactly the opposite.

Afterthe figure had shot up to twenty times as common. What do they really mean? Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts.

In order to answer this question, Fryer studied birth certificates in the state of California. Levitt and Dubner explore the economic consequences of names.

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One way to do so is to look at people who change their names as adults. The segment ends with the story of a man who named one son Winner and the other Loser. Boys’ names moved in the same direction but less aggressively — probably because parents of all races are less adventurous with boys’ names than girls’. Three years later the man had another son his seventh and last child who he decided to name “Loser”. This site uses cookies. Afros today are rare, dashikis even rarer; Black Panther founder Bobby Seale is best known today for peddling a line of barbeque products.


White people are more likely to give their children European names, while black people tend to give their children names that are Arabic and African in origin or names that sound made-up and are thought of as ghetto. The typical baby girl born in a black neighborhood in was given a name that was twice as common among black than whites. Not too long, no nicknames, and popular. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: There were 18 babies named “Princeton” — again, all of them black.

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A Roshanda By Any Other Name. – Freakonomics.

Download this Chart PDF. The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play. Parents want to believe that they make a big difference in the kind of people their children turn out to be. The authors make their predictions based on the popularity of these names among upper-class families in the year How can we improve?

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Is it possible that names can ay people to lead different lives? Other minorities, such as Asian-Americans and, to a lesser degree, Hispanic-Americans, tend to give their babies names that are somewhat similar to the names for white babies. Now, most of you probably quickly answered the question, then disregarded it and claimed you are not a racist. Get the Teacher Edition.


Until the early ‘s, there was a great overlap between black and white names.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. My rohsanda are middle class people who, in much respect, believe in the average reality of life.

It looks like LaFonda and I have a lot in common. Does the name really matter? The most interesting part of the book Freakonomics to me was the lengthy section of much of which was relegated to the endnotes devoted to the topic of names. You are commenting using your WordPress. Two Paths to Harvard.

Jimmy may get the hold the briefcase, but LaFonda could be just as worthy. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Top Twenty “Blackest” Girl Names, and so on for boys.

Morality and Kther vs. It could be because employers are biased against black people. Othher, actions such as reading to your child don’t seem to matter according to the data. In addition it was mentioned there was a belief that a person with a black name is more likely to have a hard time in life, being poor, being raised without a father, being violent, doing poorly in school and etc.

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