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A closer look at the discrimination outcomes in the IAT literature
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6456-5735
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6134-0058
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Abstract [en]

To what extent the IAT predicts racial and ethnic discrimination is a heavily debated issue.The latest meta-analysis by Oswald et al. (2013) suggests a very weak association. In the present meta-analysis, we took a closer look at the discrimination outcomes, and found that many of the outcomes were unsuitable operationalizations of discrimination. Furthermore, we found virtually no overall discrimination for the IAT to predict. Hence, the IAT has not yet been given a chance to prove its true worth. Indeed, evaluating the predictive validity of the IAT against these outcomes is similar to evaluating raincoats on sunny days; we should not besurprised if the raincoats receive a bad score, but this does not invalidate their usefulness in rainy weather. Given the current state of affairs, it would thus be premature if researchers, educators, and managers simply were to remove the IAT from their toolbox.

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Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies , 2015. , p. 33
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Working paper series: Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies ; 2015:11
Keyword [en]
Implicit association test, Ethnic discrimination, Racial discrimination, Meta-analysis
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Psychology
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Social Sciences, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-50621OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-50621DiVA, id: diva2:911362
Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-03-11 Last updated: 2018-02-01Bibliographically approved

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