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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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Conclusion: The Black-White Gap and the Path Forward for Policy Research

Conclusion: The Black-White Gap and the Path Forward for Policy Research

(p.146) Eight Conclusion: The Black-White Gap and the Path Forward for Policy Research
Intersectional Inequality

Charles C. Ragin

Peer C. Fiss

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 8 summarizes the main findings of our intersectional analysis and presents a truth table analysis of the size of the racial gap in consistency of poverty avoidance. The broad pattern we find is that the greater the number of disadvantages, the greater the racial gap in consistency scores for avoiding poverty. These findings complement our chapter 7 results and again underscore the importance of racial differences in addressing social inequality in the U.S. today. We conclude this final chapter by returning to the Bell Curve debate and sketching the policy implications of both our findings and our intersectional approach for the study of poverty and inequality.

Keywords:   subset consistency, racial gap, intersectional analysis, net effects analysis, logistic regression, policy research, causal recipes, ideological oppositions, policy intervention, cumulative disadvantage

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