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Old 05-11-2010, 12:41 PM
Tyrrell McAllister Tyrrell McAllister is offline
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Default Re: Identity Economics (Will Wilkinson & Rachel Kranton)

Originally Posted by Swamymaximus View Post
For one thing, if you aren't willing to control for IQ when looking at disparities of group earnings, you aren't even trying to tell the truth.
Are you saying that they ignore IQ altogether? Or are you saying that they don't take IQ to be the sole and ultimate cause? And, in either case, what is your evidence for how they treat IQ? I don't recall their mentioning it during the diavlog, but I'm sure that they didn't mention a lot of things that are in the book.

Someone could concede that IQ is a significant factor for individual earnings, and yet still be more interested in other factors, such as personal identity. Given that interest, it makes sense to explore those other factors and not to spend much time on IQ. That seems to me to be perfectly consistent with truth-seeking. Science can't progress without this kind of division of labor.
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