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The Memberships Theory of Inequality: Ideas and Implications

  • Durlauf, S.N.

In this paper, I argue that a wide range of recent empirical and theoretical advances within economics taken together, represent a new perspective on the nature of inequality. The emergence of this new paradigm does not imply that more traditional explanations of inequality are invalid, rather, it means that these older explanations may usefully supplemented.

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Paper provided by Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems in its series Working papers with number 9711.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:att:wimass:9711
Contact details of provider: Postal: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON, SOCIAL SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE(S.S.R.I.), MADISON WISCONSIN 53706 U.S.A.

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