• Table of Contents
    • Abstract
    • Keywords
    • Article
      • 1 Becker's taste-based discrimination models
        • Individual preferences
        • Market implications
          • Employer discrimination
          • Employee discrimination
          • Customer discrimination
      • 2 Long-run implications
        • Traditional view
        • Recent theoretical work
      • 3 Empirical assessment of taste-based prejudice models
      • 4 Areas for future work and conclusion
        • What precisely is taste-based prejudice?
        • From where does racial prejudice come?
        • Is prejudice conscious?
    • See Also
    • Bibliography
    • How to cite this article

taste-based discrimination

Kerwin Kofi Charles and Jonathan Guryan
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Online Edition, 2009
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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Economists typically account for differences in economic outcomes between ethnic groups with explanations having to do with differences in skill, explanations emphasizing informational problems associated with accurately assessing skill, as in statistical discrimination models, or explanations that rely on the presence of prejudice, the key element of taste-based discrimination models. This article defines taste-based discrimination and briefly outlines the economics of associated models. It discusses empirical implications of these models, and reviews empirical tests from the literature. It speculates about possible avenues for future research likely to enrich the insights forthcoming from the standard taste-based model. Although this article focuses on discrimination arising from racial prejudice, taste-based discrimination subsumes negative preferences towards groups of individuals of many alternative types, including different age, gender or religious groups.
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How to cite this article

Charles, Kerwin Kofi and Jonathan Guryan. "taste-based discrimination." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Online Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 17 January 2018 <http://www.dictionaryofeconomics.com/article?id=pde2009_T000251> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.1906

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