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Discrimination and Skill Differences in an Equilibrium Search Model

  • Bowlus, A.J.
  • Eckstein, Z.

In this paper we analyze an equilibrium search model with three sources for age and unemployment differentials among workers with the same (observed) human capital, but different appearance (race): unobserved productivity (skill), search intensities and discrimination (Becker 1957) due to an appearance-based employer disutility factor. Because these sources affect the earnings distributions differently, empirical identification of these potential sources for the explanation of wage and unemployment differentials is possible.

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Paper provided by Tel Aviv in its series Papers with number 04-98.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:teavfo:04-98
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