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The Memberships Theory of Inequality: Ideas and Implications

  • Durlauf, S.N.

This paper argues that much of the recent economic research on inequality contains a common set of underlying ideas which in term represents a general framework for analysis. The new perspective emphasizes the role of an array of group-level influences in determining individual socioeconomic outcomes.

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

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:att:wimass:9711r

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