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Theories of Statistical Discrimination and Affirmative Action: A Survey

Hanming Fang, Andrea Moro

NBER Working Paper No. 15860
Issued in April 2010
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This chapter surveys the theoretical literature on statistical discrimination and affirmative action. This literature suggests different explanations for the existence and persistence of group inequality. This survey highlights such differences and describes in these contexts the effects of color-sighted and color-blind affirmative action policies, and the efficiency implications of discriminatory outcomes.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w15860

Published: Theories of Statistical Discrimination and Armative Action: A Survey, (with Andrea Moro), Handbook of Social Economics, Vol I, edited by Jess Benhabib, Alberto Bisin, and Matthew Jackson, North-Holland, November 2010, 76 pages.

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