What's the difference between 'prejudice' and statistical discrimination?

October 30, 2021 Mark Fabian/Ben Harrell Season 2 Episode 4
What's the difference between 'prejudice' and statistical discrimination?
Show Notes

What is the difference between merely 'statistical' discrimination and prejudice? How can we disentangle these things in social sciences research, and should we? How can researchers get away from a focus on the individual in discrimination research to better understand how institutions, culture, and macro-history cause both statistical and prejudicial discrimination? What can economists learn from sociology and cultural psychology about discrimination, and vice versa?  Ben Harrell from the LGBT policy lab at Vanderbilt University joins ePODstemology host Mark Fabian from Cambridge University to Enlighten us.

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Button, P., Dils, E., Harrell, B., Fumarco, L. and Schwegman, D. (2020). Gender Identity, Race, and Ethnicity Discrimination in Access to Mental Health Care: Preliminary Evidence from a Multi-Wave Audit Field Experiment. NBER Working Paper #28164. https://www.nber.org/papers/w28164  

Mario Smalls AEA podcast on racial discrimination: https://www.aeaweb.org/research/economics-racial-discrimination-mario-small

Parable of the polygons game for illustrating neighbourhood diversity preferences and how benign preferences can lead to extreme segregation: https://ncase.me/polygons/ 

Raj Chetty et al. opportunity atlas: https://opportunityinsights.org/paper/the-opportunity-atlas/ 

Edelman, B., Luca, M. and Svirsky, D. (2017). Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment. American Economic Review, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 1–22. https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/app.20160213 

@besttrousers on twitter 

Goodman-Bacon, A. (2021). The Long-Run Effects of Childhood Insurance Coverage: Medicaid Implementation, Adult Health, and Labor Market Outcomes. American Economic Review, vol. 111, no. 8, pp. 2550–2593 

Buckles, K. Fixing the Leaky Pipeline: Strategies for Making Economics Work for Women at Every Stage. Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 43–60. https://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdf/10.1257/jep.33.1.43  

The Undergraduate Women in Economic Challenge - https://scholar.harvard.edu/goldin/UWE