Friday, March 12, 2010

Race and sophistication

MIDUS participants were asked: "How well does the following describe you: sophisticated."  Answers ranged from "not at all" (1) to "a lot" (4).  Here are the means by race/ethnicity (sample size = 3,922):

Mean sophistication score
White 1.30
Black 1.74*
Amerindian 1.26
Asian 1.56
Mexican 1.38

*significantly higher than whites

Blacks are half of a standard deviation more sophisticated than whites.


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