Affirmative action. Psychological data and the policy debates.

  title={Affirmative action. Psychological data and the policy debates.},
  author={Faye J Crosby and Aarti Iyer and Susan Clayton and Roberta A Downing},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={58 2},
The authors bring psychological research to bear on an examination of the policy of affirmative action. They argue that data from many studies reveal that affirmative action as a policy has more benefits than costs. Although the majority of pro-affirmative action arguments in the social sciences stress diversity, the authors' argument focuses on issues of merit. The merit-based argument, grounded in empirical studies, concludes that the policy of affirmative action conforms to the American… CONTINUE READING

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