Paul L. Caron

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Law Review Diversity Policies Do Not Decrease Quality Of Published Articles

Adam S. Chilton, Jonathan S. Masur & Kyle Rozema (Chicago), Affirmative Action in Law Reviews:

Policies designed to increase the diversity of law review editors are being challenged in court. The lawsuits claim that, by "illegally us[ing] race and gender as criteria for selecting law students to staff their most elite academic journals," the law reviews have diminished the quality of the articles they publish. We test this claim by using citations as a measure of article quality and studying changes in diversity policies at the flagship law reviews of the top 20 law schools. Using data on the citations of articles published since 1960, we find no evidence that diversity policies meaningfully decrease the quality of articles published.

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"we find no evidence"

does not equal

we find evidence saying X.


Posted by: Anon | Feb 7, 2019 6:02:21 AM

Also, who cares about citations of articles? Those are authored by professors. Show me citations of student notes.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 7, 2019 6:03:50 AM

You'd want to test whether the articles that were published by diverse candidates thanks only to diversity policies were of lower quality than the articles that would have been published instead of them.

Aggregation can hide the effect.

This is poor research design.

Posted by: Low powered test | Feb 7, 2019 9:17:34 AM

I wanted to add that papers like this are very disappointing. It's so obviously seeking to prove (or disprove) a point, rather than trying to find out the truth.

Reminds me of
Erratum to “Correlation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies” American Journal of Political Science 56 (1), 34–51

Posted by: Anon | Feb 7, 2019 7:04:35 PM

Law review citation scores sound like a Keynesian navel gazing contest. But I guess it's a start.

Posted by: Anand Desai | Feb 7, 2019 10:14:21 PM