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Statistical Discrimination and Social Assimilation


  • Francis BLOCH

    () (GREQAM, Ecole Superieure de Mecanique de Marseille)

  • Vijayendra RAO

    () (Development Research Group, The World Bank)


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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  • Francis BLOCH & Vijayendra RAO, 2001. "Statistical Discrimination and Social Assimilation," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 10(2), pages 1-5.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-01j70001

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    1. George A. Akerlof, 1997. "Social Distance and Social Decisions," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 65(5), pages 1005-1028, September.
    2. George A. Akerlof & Rachel E. Kranton, 2000. "Economics and Identity," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 115(3), pages 715-753.
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    1. Alberto Alesina & Eliana La Ferrara, 2003. "Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance," Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers 2028, Harvard - Institute of Economic Research.
    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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    JEL classification:

    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination
    • J0 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General


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