5.2 Second Look at Bell Curve

5.2 Second Look at Bell Curve - May 2, 2011 A Second Look...

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May 2, 2011 A Second Look at The Bell Curve Word of the day Probity: the quality or condition of having strong moral principles; integrity, good character; honesty, decency Economic Inequality Inequality is largely and increasingly determined by intelligence Argument implies that American society is a meritocracy in which the different strata are organized based on intelligence -high intelligence leads on average to economic success, financial independence, moral probity and stable families -low intelligence leads to poverty, welfare dependency, crime, and out of wedlock births -what rung you occupy in the American system of social stratification depends on where you fall on the bell curve of intelligence. The NLSY is their basis for data. They use a logistic regression model. The model: Pr(POVERTY)=a+b (AFQT score) +c(SES)+d(AGE)+e Poverty is a function of intelligence, SES, and age Concerns: -Is it valid to reduce intelligence to one number? -Does the AFQT measure intelligence or education or something else? Does it have construct
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5.2 Second Look at Bell Curve - May 2, 2011 A Second Look...

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