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Am Psychol. 2003 Feb;58(2):93-115.

Affirmative action. Psychological data and the policy debates.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Social Sciences II, Room 277, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA. fjcrosby@cats.ucsc.edu

Abstract

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 ideal of fairness and is a necessary policy.

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