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The Economics of Discrimination

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This second edition of Gary S. Becker's The Economics of Discrimination has been expanded to include three further discussions of the problem and an entirely new introduction which considers the contributions made by others in recent years and some of the more important problems remaining.

Mr. Becker's work confronts the economic effects of discrimination in the market plac
Paperback, 178 pages
Published August 15th 1971 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1971)
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Although most of the models presented in this text seem sensible - especially his use of international trade theory on discrimination -, Becker did not present clear empirics for me to believe the extent of discrimination over the periods of his analysis. This may have been due to my inability to understand his writing or the difficulty in that project (how do you estimate tastes for discrimination in a private market?). In other words, his theoretical understanding of discrimination and its eff ...more
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While it might not be fashionable (and possibly not even correct) to reduce human behavior to a set of numbers, Gary Becker does a good job of it and does it for the right reasons. A combination of calculus, logic, and classical economics, however cold, seems awfully good at proving the socially destructive effects of discriminatory practice, both in terms of racism and nepotism, including some rather unexpected results. It's short, and if you can deal with social science thick with mathematics, ...more
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American economist. He is a professor of economics and sociology at the University of Chicago and a professor at the Booth School of Business. He has important contributions to the family economics branch within the economics. Neoclassical analysis of family within the family economics is also called new home economics . He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992 and rece ...more
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