Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20068
Authors: 
Filippin, Antonio
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 823
Abstract: 
The paper explores the role of workers? expectations as an original explanation for the puzzling long run persistence of observed discrimination against some minorities in the labor market. A game of incomplete information is presented, showing that ex ante identical groups of workers may be characterized by unequal outcomes in equilibrium due to their different beliefs, even though discriminatory tastes and statistical discrimination by employers have disappeared. Wrong beliefs of being discriminated against are self-confirming in this circumstance, being the ultimate cause of a lower percentage of promotions which supports these wrong beliefs.
Subjects: 
discrimination
workers? expectations
self-confirming beliefs
JEL: 
D84
J24
C79
J15
J71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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