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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For the second half of the chapter, the authors study changes in names over time, especially across class lines.

Strangely, Loser Lane went on to be a pretty successful man: 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, otyer poor, being raised without a father, being violent, doing poorly in school and etc. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does.

A Roshanda By Any Other Name. – Freakonomics.

To answer this question, the authors look at the California data that Fryer examined. 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.

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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. It looks like LaFonda and I have a lot in common.


Descriptive Thinking Nature vs. Likewise, actions such as reading to your child don’t seem to matter according to the data. California collects more information for birth certificates than is done in other states. People change their names for racial reasons all the time. In order to understand the racial biases of names, we would have to study the people who grow up with distinctively black names and then change their names to sound distinctively white.

The segment ends with the story of a man who named one son Winner and the other Loser. 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. But why is my idea of reality so different from theirs?

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To begin studying this issue, we can return to the ideas of Roland Fryerwhom we encountered in the last chapter. You are commenting using your WordPress.

And if they had to enter a talent show the would get first place q their talent of settling and accepting reality. Loser turned out to be a successful person.

Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. Similarly, working-class parents often give their children affluent-sounding names because they want their children to become affluent adults.


Parents give their children certain names in order to send a message about the kind of lives they want their children to live. Two Paths to Harvard. Freakonomics by Nams Levitt. Top Twenty “Blackest” Girl Names, and so on for boys.

So returning back to my name. No category Notes on: Is it possible that names can cause people to lead different lives? All Symbols The white child and the black child.


He named one child Winnerand the other, Loser. The statistics indicate that these mothers are usually low-income, unmarried, and uneducated, often still in their teens. And that is exactly the point Levitt and Dubner are trying to prove. Levitt and Dubner explore the economic consequences of names. Ina man named Robert Lane had two children. Luckily, there is a supplement in the back of the book with many, many more names than are included on the various “Top Twenty” lists and the corresponding number for average number of years of maternal education [highlights from this later].

The book talks about work done by Roland G Fryer, who is a black economist who is best known for the work he did when young investigating and analyzing the phenomenon of blacks being put down for “acting white”. The question is, would a black man named DeShawn Williams get more job interviews if he changed his name to Connor Williams? My sisters name is Sara for three reasons as well. And then there are even more lists, comparing naming trends over different time periods showing among other things how names popular among high-income parents in one decade will be popular among low-income parents in the next decade.

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Notify me of new comments via email. Tragically, minorities often experience a lower quality of life in America, due to hundreds of race- and class-based factors. By she received a name that was twenty times more common among blacks.

I’m sorry, I just love intentionally mis-interpreting statistics.