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Intersectional InequalityRace, Class, Test Scores, and Poverty$
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Charles C. Ragin and Peer C. Fiss

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226414379

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226414546.001.0001

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Policy Context: Test Scores and Life Chances

Policy Context: Test Scores and Life Chances

(p.20) Two Policy Context: Test Scores and Life Chances
Intersectional Inequality

Charles C. Ragin

Peer C. Fiss

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 2 reviews the Bell Curve debate, focusing on the controversy regarding the impact of test scores on life chances. We focus especially on the competing statistical models and insights offered by Herrnstein & Murray in The Bell Curve, on the one hand and those of Fischer et al.’s Inequality By Design, on the other. The contrast between these two works illustrates the specification dependence of estimates of net effects of test scores on poverty status. Herrnstein & Murray opt for lean specification, which yields a large net effect of test scores, while Fischer et al. specify an elaborate model, yielding a much smaller net effect of test scores. This entirely predictable difference underscores the limitations of the net effects approach to policy-relevant social research.

Keywords:   poverty, income inequality, social policy, test score gap, racial differences, gender differences, intelligence tests, effect sizes, model specification, The Bell Curve

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