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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 2 (April 2013)

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Testing for Racial Differences in the Mental Ability of Young Children

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Fryer, Roland G. Jr. , and Steven D. Levitt. 2013. "Testing for Racial Differences in the Mental Ability of Young Children." American Economic Review, 103(2): 981-1005.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.2.981

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Using a new nationally representative dataset, we find minor differences in test outcomes between black and white infants that disappear with a limited set of controls. However, relative to whites, all other races lose substantial ground by age two. Combining our estimates with results in prior literature, we show that a simple model with assortative mating fits our data well, implying that differences in children's environments between racial groups can fully explain gaps in intelligence. If parental ability influences a child's test scores both genetically and through environment, then our findings are less informative and can be reconciled with a wide range of racial differences in inherited intelligence.

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Fryer, Roland G. Jr. (Harvard U)
Levitt, Steven D. (U Chicago)

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I20: Education and Research Institutions: General
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J15: Economics of Minorities, Races, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination


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