Youssef M.

asked • 02/05/20

What is the inconsistency between the following evidence and conclusion?

One way to evaluate social science research is to test if a study has sufficient evidence to support the conclusion. What is the inconsistency between the following evidence and conclusion?


Evidence: In 2014, Texas illegal-alien murder-arrest rates were 4.99 per 100,000—56 percent higher than the rates for all other apprehended murderers (3.2 per 100,000).


In 2015, the rates were 35 percent higher for illegal aliens (4.2 per 100,000, versus 3.1 per 100,000).


Conclusion: non-citizens commit more crimes than citizens



A. Data on Texas is not generalizable to the rest of the country


B. Arrests are not convictions, so the link to crime does not exist or it is undetermined


C. This is sufficient evidence because Latzer (the author) is using data on murder-arrests, which is an appropriate and efficient data source because Texas has high apprehension percentages for murder by citizenship status


D. A and B


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