Wednesday, April 4, 2018

My Comment To "Degree Inflation and Discrimination" in WSJ Opinion.

My posted comment to The Wall Street Journal, Opinion, "Degree Inflation and Discrimination: Could civil-rights laws and ‘disparate impact’ protect job applicants who haven’t finished college?" by Frederick M. Hess and Grant Addison:
Disparate Impact is flawed. It sets a minimum standard for ability. Hiring is a long term investment and employers want workers who can exceed the minimum, take more responsibility and be loyal. DI [Disparate Impact] concept is at its core discriminatory and statistically suspect. It assumes all ethnic, racial, cultural groups prioritize jobs equally, so that the same population percentage of equivalent skill, intellect, aptitude of each group is applying for a job. In reality, different populations do not have the same specific career goals. The most able and the least able of each group may be applying for different jobs and careers. Standardized tests are giving given to large populations, but employer tests and applications are given to smaller sample populations. There is no reason to assume from percentage employed that any one company is discriminatory because its application results in different outcomes. Applicants for a specific job opening may differ in ability. Look at professional basketball.

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