Sba Study

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Data for this study come from student surveys conducted at a State University System (SUS) institution in Florida during the month of in November 2017. Ten students representing African American, white, Asian, and Hispanic racial categories were selected (see Table 1). The small sample is representative of the student population on campus. However, to yield a racial mixed of subjects, the author compromised some randomness of subject selection. Data were utilized in this research project to examine students’ perceptions of race as they relate to socioeconomic status. The hypothesis for the study is, does race/ethnicity affects an individual’s perception of person’s socioeconomic status?
Table 1. Subjects Self-Reported Race Information
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Economic status is broken out as lower-class, middle-class, and upper-class. Furthermore, occupational status is defined as unskilled, skilled, and highly skilled. These variables were code in relations to socioeconomic indicators (see Table 2).
Table 2. Variables Coding
Education Attainment Economic Status Occupational Status
1= Non-high school graduate 1= Lower class 1= Unskilled
2= High school graduate 2= Middle class 2= Skilled
3= College graduate 3= Upper class 3= Highly skilled
The independent variables relevant to this study will be race/ethnicity of the photographed individuals. The variables will be analyzed for differences in responses. For this study, the 1997 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards on race and ethnicity were used to categorized the photographed individuals. Male photographs of university faculty representing African American, Asians, Hispanic, and white racial/ethnic categories were used alleviate gender and other impression biases.
Regarding demographic information, white (n=4) and African American (n=3) participants made up 70% of the responses.
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