1025 - Week 9: Intelligence and Class Structure...

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Unformatted text preview: Week 9: Intelligence and Class Structure (Cont’d) October 25, 2010 Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Cure Myth • Problem #1: Measure of Intelligence o H&M determine that people’s genetic given intelligence strongly determines their economic outcomes and thus, leads to inequality o AFQT not designed to measure intelligence it is an achievement test • Problem #2: Technical and Conceptual Errors o H&M found that intelligence contributes to the risk of poverty o UCB Sociologists found that social contexts shape individual outcomes more than intelligence o Errors in Statistical Analysis missing information (data), omitted variable bias, reliable measures of indicators…. relying on kids to share the information on their parents, could be misinterpreted o Conclusion Inferior status leads to low intelligence test scores; if everyone had the same test score, 95% of he inequality that we see today would still exist ...
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