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Intersectional Inequality: Race, Class, Test Scores, and Poverty

Charles C. Ragin and Peer C. Fiss


The central analytic focus of most policy-oriented social research today is the assessment of the relative importance of competing independent variables in multivariate analyses. A researcher might ask: “Which variable has the strongest impact on life chances: education, test scores, or family background?” In this book we offer an alternative to the conventional approach to the analysis of policy-relevant social data. Instead of asking, "What is the net effect of each independent variable on the outcome?" we ask, "What combinations of causally relevant conditions are consistently linked to the ... More

Keywords: inequality, poverty, policy research, race, gender, set-analytic methods, set coincidence, intersectionality, qualitative comparative analysis, fuzzy sets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226414379
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226414546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles C. Ragin, author
University of California, Irvine

Peer C. Fiss, author
University of Southern California