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Conspicuous Consumption and Race

Kerwin Kofi Charles, Erik Hurst, Nikolai Roussanov

NBER Working Paper No. 13392
Issued in September 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Mark Aguiar, Gary Becker, Matthew Gentzkow, Jonathan Guryan, Daniel Hamermesh, Kevin Murphy, Karl Scholz, Jesse Shapiro, and Francesco Trebbi for very useful comments and conversations. The paper has also benefited from comments from seminar participants at the University of Chicago, The IRP Summer Workshop, UCLA, Washington University, the University of Minnesota, Dartmouth College, the NBER Labor Studies Summer Program, the NBER Consumption Group Summer Program, and the St Louis Federal Reserve. We absolve all of responsibility for errors or omissions which remain. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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