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Theories of Statistical Discrimination and Affirmative Action: A Survey

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  • Hanming Fang
  • Andrea Moro

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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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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 15860.

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Publication status: published as 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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