Thursday, December 15, 2005

Gender gaps and non-wedlock births

Interesting pulling together of numbers.  Richard Bennett compares the numbers on the growing gender gap in American Universities and the out of wedlock birthrate among different ethnic groups and finds that they correlate very closely.

      But why do Asians do so well in higher ed? One reason is family structure. The out-of-wedlock birth rate for Asians is 15%; for whites it’s 29.4%, for Hispanics it’s 45%, and for Blacks it’s 68.2%. The higher the OOW birthrate, the greater the gender gap in higher ed.

Bennett also noticed that the percentage of Asians entering Berkley rose dramatically when California banned Affirmative Action and they removed the Asian quota on enrollment.

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