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Socially-Tolerable Discrimination

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  • J. Atsu Amegashie

    () (University of Guelph)

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History is replete with overt discrimination of various forms. However, these forms of discrimination are not equally tolerable. For example, discrimination based on immutable or prohibitively unalterable characteristics such as race or gender is much less acceptable. Why? I develop a simple model of conflict which is driven by either racial (gender) discrimination or generational discrimination (i.e., young versus old). I show that there exist parameters of the model where racial (gender) discrimination leads to conflict but generational discrimination does not.

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  • J. Atsu Amegashie, 2008. "Socially-Tolerable Discrimination," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 28(5), pages 1.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08aa0010
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    • K0 - Law and Economics - - General
    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination

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