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Incorporating affirmative action into the welfare state

  • Blumkin, Tomer
  • Margalioth, Yoram
  • Sadka, Efraim
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    In this paper, we discuss a novel aspect of affirmative action policy. We examine its redistributive role, asking whether in an egalitarian society, supplementing the tax-transfer system with an affirmative action policy would enhance social welfare. We demonstrate that affirmative action could be a desirable policy tool even if racial discrimination does not exist in the labor market.

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    Volume (Year): 93 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 9-10 (October)
    Pages: 1027-1035

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