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Response to Comment on “Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines”

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Science  24 Jul 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6246, pp. 391
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa9892

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Ginther and Kahn claim that academics’ beliefs about the importance of brilliance do not predict gender gaps in Ph.D. attainment beyond mathematics and verbal test scores. However, Ginther and Kahn’s analyses are problematic, exhibiting more than 100 times the recommended collinearity thresholds. Multiple analyses that avoid this problem suggest that academics’ beliefs are in fact uniquely predictive of gender gaps across academia.

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