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Title:Tall or taller, pretty or prettier: Is discrimination absolute or relative? PDF Logo
Authors:Hamermesh, Daniel S.
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6579
Abstract:Using several microeconomic data sets from the United States and the Netherlands, and the examples of height and beauty, this study examines whether: 1) Absolute or relative differences in a characteristic are what affect labor-market and other outcomes; and 2) The effects of a characteristic change when all agents acquire more of it - become taller or better-looking. Confronted with a choice among individuals, decision-makers respond more to absolute than to relative differences among them. Also, an increase in the mean of a characteristic's distribution does not alter market responses to differences in it.
Subjects:beauty
height
discrimination
market responses
JEL:J71
J78
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201301214322
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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