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NEA presidential address: identity, markets, and persistent racial inequality

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  • Mason, Patrick L.

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This paper contrasts competing theories and evidence on the nature and significance of African American racial identity. In particular, we seek to examine whether race is best understood as a set of values and behaviors or whether race is best understood as a social norm.

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  • Mason, Patrick L., 2004. "NEA presidential address: identity, markets, and persistent racial inequality," MPRA Paper 11330, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:11330
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    Keywords

    identity; race; evolutionary game; social norm; culture; values; behavior; social capital; discrimination;

    JEL classification:

    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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