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Methods Workshop: Rethinking the Measurement of Demographic Differences in Outcome Rates

James Scanlan, Attorney at law, Washington DC
When Oct 10, 2014
from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-1166
Attendees Bandy
Shanna Brewton-Tiayon
Esha Chatterjee
Fran Chevanley
Brian Johnson
Sara Mosher
Joanna Pepin
Robert Renoso
Liana Sayer
Shengwei Sun
Kriti Vikram
Abhijit Visaria
Ken Wilkins
Jingyuan Xie
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This workshop will address the flaws in standard measures of differences between outcome rates for appraising demographic differences in the law and the social and medical sciences. The standard measures cannot effectively quantify the difference in circumstances of advantaged and disadvantaged groups reflected by differing rates of experiencing some favorable or adverse outcome because each measure tends to be systematically affected by the prevalence of an outcome. The only sound method of appraising the differences in the circumstances of advantaged and disadvantaged reflected by a pair of outcome rates is to derive from each pair of rates the difference between means of the underlying distributions.

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