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Law and Economics of Discrimination

John J. Donohue III

This research review introduces the reader to the key theoretical and empirical issues concerning the topical field of law and economics of discrimination. The review begins with readings from Gary Becker�s seminal work on the economics of discrimination followed by a series of papers that try to evaluate the degree of discrimination in labour markets and the extent to which government intervention has reduced this discrimination. In addition to examining discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and sexual orientation in the labour market, Professor Donohue explores the problem of discrimination in various consumer markets, in the criminal justice sphere, in education and in health care.

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