Political Bias in Academia:

Over the weekend I read through the paper that prompted KC Johnson's column in Inside Higher Ed (discussed by Jim last week). Leaving aside the data issues that the authors raise there, I want to explore the "alternative hypothesis" that the authors there raise as the nondiscriminatory explanation for the observed data. I will follow the convention of referring to all non-left/liberal ideologies as "conservative," however inapt that may be.

Here's the author's alternative hypothesis, followed by my analysis:

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