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How Much Does Sorting Increase Inequality?

  • Kremer, M.

Social commentators from William Julius Wilson to Charles Murray have argued that increased sorting people into internally homogeneous neighborhoods, schools, and marriages is spurring long- run inequality. Calibration of a formal model suggests that these fears are misplaced.

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Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 96-18.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:mit:worpap:96-18
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