A common manifestation of a class size paradox explains “Why Your Friends Have More Friends than You Do” (Feld 1991). If people have varied numbers of friends, then those people who have many friends are part of the comparison for many others, but those with few friends are hardly a comparison for anyone else. Suppose there is one person who is the only friend of 10 others. Then, the one person has more friends than the average of her friends, but the other 10 have fewer friends than the average of their friends. While the specific configuration of friendships affects the specific overall relationship between the number of friends and the mean number of friends of friends for each person, it is always true that the mean number of friends is less than the overall mean number of friends of friends. The desegregation paradox can be considered in the same way.
Consider interracial contact from the perspective of blacks as the minority. Even though the total numbers of whites and blacks in the system are fixed, the average number of whites in schools with blacks and the average proportion of whites in schools with blacks change as blacks and whites are redistributed among the schools; and they change in different ways from one another. The average number of whites sharing a school with the black students is greater when more of the black students are in schools with more of the white students (in the larger schools). In contrast, the average proportion of whites sharing a school with black students is greatest when all of the schools have the same proportion of whites. The desegregation paradox arises from the different effects of reallocations on these different averages...
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I learned that there are no facts.
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