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Statistical Discrimination and Social Assimilation

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  • Francis BLOCH

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    (GREQAM, Ecole Superieure de Mecanique de Marseille)

  • Vijayendra RAO

    ()
    (Development Research Group, The World Bank)

Abstract

Social assimilation has been observed in many societies where members of the minority group suffer from discrimination. In this note, we provide a simple economic model of assimilation and show that the adoption of the social behavior of the dominant group can be used as a signal by high productivity members of the minority group.

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Volume (Year): 10 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 1-5

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  1. George A. Akerlof & Rachel E. Kranton, 2000. "Economics And Identity," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, MIT Press, vol. 115(3), pages 715-753, August.
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  1. Alberto Alesina & Eliana La Ferrara, 2004. "Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance," Development Working Papers, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano 193, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano.
  2. Dev, Pritha & Mberu, Blessing & Pongou, Roland, 2013. "Communitarianism, Oppositional Cultures, and Human Capital Contagion: Theory and Evidence from Formal versus Koranic Education," MPRA Paper 46234, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 15 Apr 2013.

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