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      • The Becker model, federal anti-discrimination law, and the end of the Jim Crow era
      • Did federal law improve the economic status of blacks and others?
      • Is employment discrimination a first-order problem for US blacks today?
        • Is the black–white earnings differential fully explained?
        • Evidence of racial discrimination in entry level hiring from audit-pair studies
        • Statistical discrimination
      • Sex discrimination in employment
      • Conclusion
    • See Also
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anti-discrimination law

John J. Donohue III
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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This article reviews the major legislative initiatives outlawing discrimination, discusses the theoretical arguments for and against such initiatives, and assesses the impact of these laws on the groups they try to protect. The significant effects of federal law in the first decade after passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act are contrasted with the less optimistic findings from subsequent anti-discrimination interventions. Insights about the social benefits and the costs of the unintended consequences of employment discrimination law apply equally to other types of anti-discrimination legislation, such as mortgage lending and policing.
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How to cite this article

Donohue, John J., III. "anti-discrimination law." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 24 November 2017 <http://www.dictionaryofeconomics.com/article?id=pde2008_A000254> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.0045

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