Seminar in Discrimination
Note: this course is delivered at the CEU - New York teaching site.
Many economists believe that markets are a relatively effective mechanism for coordinating wants and desires among members of society. Nevertheless we observe differences in economic outcomes for different groups of society. In this course we will explore the process through which differences in earnings manifest as well as the impact of these differences on wealth and well-being. We pay particular attention to the role of discrimination in generating unequal outcomes in labor markets. We will study discrimination with standard neo-classical approaches as well as through the analytical approaches of various schools of political economy including feminist, institutionalist, and Marxist. We will discuss equality of economic opportunity and economic outcomes across, as well as relevant public policies for race, class, gender, sex and sexual orientation.