Taste-based or statistical discrimination: The economics of discrimination returns to its roots

Jonathan Guryan*, Kerwin Kofi Charles

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Abstract

We briefly review the evolution of empirical work on discrimination. We discuss why traditional regression-based approaches neither convincingly measure market discrimination nor disentangle the relative importance of animus versus statistical discrimination in explaining such discrimination as exists. We describe the development of modern correspondence studies. We argue that these studies have the promise to credibly identify the presence of discrimination if not its magnitude, can inform us about the underlying mechanism generating discrimination and can also point to avenues for new theoretical and empirical work on discrimination. We discuss two articles with exemplary applications of these new methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F417-F432
JournalEconomic Journal
Volume123
Issue number572
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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