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The Memberships Theory of Inequality: Ideas and Implications

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  • Durlauf, S.N.

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This paper argues that much of the recent economic research on inequality contains a common set of underlying ideas which in term represents a general framework for analysis. The new perspective emphasizes the role of an array of group-level influences in determining individual socioeconomic outcomes.

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Paper provided by Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems in its series Working papers with number 9711r.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:att:wimass:9711r

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Postal: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON, SOCIAL SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE(S.S.R.I.), MADISON WISCONSIN 53706 U.S.A.

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  2. Shelly Lundberg & Richard Startz, 1998. "Race, Information, and Segregation," Working Papers 0047, University of Washington, Department of Economics.
  3. Piergiuseppe Morone, 2006. "The two faces of knowledge diffusion: the Chilean case," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(1), pages 29-50.
  4. Susan Lee, 1999. "Assortative Interactions and Endogenous Stratification," Working Papers 99-08-056, Santa Fe Institute.
  5. Samuel Bowles & Herbert Gintis, 2001. "The Inheritance of Economic Status: Education, Class, and Genetics," Working Papers 01-01-005, Santa Fe Institute.
  6. Kenneth J. Arrow, 1998. "What Has Economics to Say about Racial Discrimination?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(2), pages 91-100, Spring.

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