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Ariane Szafarz
''An alternative to statistical discrimination theory''
( 2008, Vol. 10 No.5 )
This paper offers a new representation of discrimination on the job market based on the most recent findings in the socio-psychological academic literature about human behaviour. Put it simply, it is assumed that the agents prefer working with people like themselves. This "affinity" principle is modelled through a distance between an individual (the candidate for a job) and the staff of the firm. Contrary to the classical view according to which discrimination results from asymmetric information, this new model provides a rationale for the presence of discriminative attitudes on the job market even when full information is available on the skill levels of all candidates for a working position.
JEL: J7 - Labor Discrimination: General
J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining: General
Manuscript Received : Feb 21 2008 Manuscript Accepted : Apr 20 2008

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