Monday, January 30, 2012

Duke professor says paper misinterpreted

the Herald-Sun
By Neil Offen; 419-6646

DURHAM — The lead author of a research paper that has riled black students at Duke University says despite the finding that blacks disproportionally switch to what are considered easier majors, “this has absolutely nothing to do with African-American students having a worse work ethic or taking the easy way out.”

In fact, said Peter Arcidiacono, a professor of economics at Duke, “the remarkable finding of the paper is that there is no racial gap in switching out of these fields once we condition [for] academic preparation.”

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