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Author: Myerson, Joel
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1. Myerson, Joel
Rank, Mark R.
Raines, Fredric Q.
Schnitzler, Mark A.
Race and General Cognitive Ability: The Myth of Diminishing Returns to Education
Psychological Science 9,2 (March 1998): 139-142.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing, Inc. => Wiley Online
Keyword(s): Cognitive Ability; Educational Attainment; Educational Status; Ethnic Differences; Racial Differences

Assessed the impact of education on racial differences in general cognitive ability by using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. This study is a nationally representative survey of 12,686 males and females who were 14-21 yrs old as of January 1, 1979 when the study began. To control for attrition during the educational process, the scores of individuals who ultimately attained the same level of education but who were tested at different points in their educational careers were compared. Information from the 1989 round of interviews was used to determine Ss' educational attainment. One analysis was conducted on the data from individuals who graduated from high school but obtained no further schooling, and who had completed 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 yrs of schooling at the time they were tested. A 2nd analysis examined the data from individuals who ultimately graduated from college but received no post graduate training, and who had completed between 8-16 yrs of education at the time of testing. Analyses revealed that education can have a strong positive effect on cognitive ability in both whites and blacks. Findings contradict the hypothesis that racial differences in intelligence are relatively imputable. ((c) 1998 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)
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Myerson, Joel, Mark R. Rank, Fredric Q. Raines and Mark A. Schnitzler. "Race and General Cognitive Ability: The Myth of Diminishing Returns to Education." Psychological Science 9,2 (March 1998): 139-142.