Racial Test Score Differences as Evidence of Reverse Discrimination: Less than Meets the Eye

Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 38, 1999

Posted: 8 Feb 2000

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William T. Dickens

Northeastern University - Department of Economics; Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Brookings Institution

Thomas J. Kane

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Public Policy & Social Research; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

Herrnstein and Murray assume that test score gaps between blacks and whites attending the same school or in the same job must result from the application of different selection criteria to blacks and whites. To the contrary, we show that race blind screening processes will normally produce large gaps between the test scores of blacks and whites.

JEL Classification: J15

Suggested Citation

Dickens, William T. and Kane, Thomas J., Racial Test Score Differences as Evidence of Reverse Discrimination: Less than Meets the Eye. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 38, 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=194871

William T. Dickens

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