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An Empirical Analysis of ‘Acting White’



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An Empirical Analysis of Acting White Roland G Fryer Jr Harvard University Society of Fellows and NBER Paul Torelli Harvard University May 1 2005 We are grateful to George Akerlof Pol Antras David Card Prudence Carter Kenneth Chay William Darity Federico Echenique Ronald Ferguson Edward Glaeser Michael Greenstone Jennifer Hochschild Christopher Jencks Adrianna Lleras Muney Lawrence Kahn Lisa Kahn Lawrence Katz Rachel Kranton Steven Levitt Glenn Loury Linda Loury Jens Ludwig Ted Miguel Emily Oster Paul Peterson Mica Pollock Gavin Samms Jesse Shapiro and Andrei Shleifer for helpful comments and suggestions Alexander Kaufman and Patricia Foo provided exceptional research assistance Direct all correspondence to Fryer at Harvard University 1875 Cambridge Street Cambridge MA 02138 e mail rfryer fas harvard edu The usual caveat applies Abstract There is a debate among social scientists regarding the existence of a peer externality commonly referred to as acting white Using a newly available data set the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health which allows one to construct an objective measure of a student s popularity we demonstrate that there are large racial differences in the relationship between popularity and academic achievement our albeit narrow definition of acting white The effect is intensified among high achievers and in schools with more interracial contact but non existent among students in predominantly black schools or private schools The patterns in the data appear most consistent with a twoaudience signaling model in which investments in education are thought to be indicative of an individual s opportunity costs of peer group loyalty Other models we consider such as self sabotage among black youth or the presence of an oppositional culture all contradict the data in important ways 1 Go into any inner city neighborhood and folks will tell you that government alone can t teach kids to learn They know that parents have to parent that children can t



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