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Cultural transmission and discrimination


Sáez-Martí, María; Zenou, Yves (2012). Cultural transmission and discrimination. Journal of Urban Economics, 72(3-4):137-146.

Abstract

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 suffciently high proportion of employers have taste-based prejudices against minority workers, we show that their prejudices are always selffulfilled 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.

Abstract

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 suffciently high proportion of employers have taste-based prejudices against minority workers, we show that their prejudices are always selffulfilled 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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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:September 2012
Deposited On:08 Feb 2013 17:18
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 19:45
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0094-1190
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jue.2012.04.005

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