Eric Rhodes

Eric Bryant Rhodes is a program officer at the Century Foundation.

Recent Articles

Discriminating Employers

Stories Employers Tell: Race, Skill, and Hiring in America, by Phillip Moss and Chris Tilly. Russell Sage Foundation, 317 pages, $29.95. Should government--including the John Ashcroft–led Justice Department--do more to enforce laws against discrimination in hiring? Until recently, there has been a paucity of rigorous social science research on employers' attitudes about hiring low-skilled workers. In 1991 Kathryn Neckerman and Joleen Kirschenman at the University of Chicago published a pioneering paper revealing that many Chicago-area employers made blunt and sweepingly negative judgments about the work ethic of black and Hispanic workers. Now a new study by economists Phillip Moss and Chris Tilly makes the case that the employment prospects of inner-city black and Latino job seekers will be diminished without a strong government commitment to enforcing fair hiring practices. A probing survey of employers in four cities--Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, and Los Angeles--this book is a major...

Fatherhood Matters

Lost Fathers: The Politics of Fatherlessness in America , by Cynthia R. Daniels, ed. St. Martins Press, 224 pages, $24.95. The Fatherhood Movement: A Call to Action , by Wade F. Horn, David Blankenhorn, Mitchell B. Perlstein, eds. Lexington Books, 352 pages, $14.95. Turning the Corner on Father Absence in Black America. A Statement from the Morehouse Conference on African-American Fathers . Morehouse Research Institute and the Institute for American Values, report, 31 pages. Fathers' Fair Share: Helping Poor Men Manage Child Support and Fatherhood , by Earl S. Johnson, Ann Levine, and Fred C. Doolittle. Russell Sage Foundation, 320 pages, $45.00. On the campaign trail, Vice President Al Gore recently gave a speech with the following central claim: "Promoting responsible fatherhood is the critical next phase of welfare reform and one of the most important things we can do to reduce child poverty." Five years ago, the question of how important fathers are to the well-being of their...