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Economics of Discrimination - Mini Lecture


A mini lecture about the “Economics of Discrimination” took place on October 18th and 20th, 2011 at the RGS Econ. It was held by Jörg Spenkuch from the University of Chicago, who received the best paper award at the RGS Doctoral Conference earlier this year. The lecture gave an overview of theoretical models of labor market discrimination, including early, pioneering models by Gary Becker, to more recent job search models. Jörg Spenkuch also presented the most important empirical studies on this topic; in particular those studies that are concerned with detecting and estimating discrimination. Last but not least, the lecture dealt with affirmative action and anti-discrimination policies and left room for discussion, e.g. about the current German debate on women’s quota.