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Cultural transmission and discrimination
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Urban Economics, ISSN 0094-1190, E-ISSN 1095-9068, Vol. 72, no 2-3, 137-146 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Workers can have good or bad work habits. These traits are transmitted from one generation to the next through a learning and imitation process, which depends on parents' investment in the trait and the social environment where children live. If a sufficiently high proportion of employers have taste-based prejudices against minority workers, we show that their prejudices are always self-fulfilled in steady state and minority workers end up having, on average, worse work habits than majority workers. This leads to a ghetto culture. Affirmative Action can improve the welfare of minorities whereas integration can be beneficial to minority workers but detrimental to workers from the majority group.

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2012. Vol. 72, no 2-3, 137-146 p.
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Ghetto culture, Overlapping generations, Rational expectations, Multiple equilibria, Peer effects, Neighborhood effects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81828DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2012.04.005ISI: 000307861600005OAI: diva2:565411


Available from: 2012-11-07 Created: 2012-11-01 Last updated: 2012-11-07Bibliographically approved

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