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Discarding Facts: the Economics of Caste


  • James G. Scoville


In contrast with previous modeling by Akerlof, the author develops a model of a caste system which utilizes the stylized facts that caste occupations are hereditary, compulsory, and endogamous. Some implications of the model are tested with data from the Census of India. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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  • James G. Scoville, 2003. "Discarding Facts: the Economics of Caste," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 7(3), pages 378-391, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:7:y:2003:i:3:p:378-391

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