Statistical Discrimination and the Rationalization of Stereotypes

@article{Tilcsik2020StatisticalDA,
  title={Statistical Discrimination and the Rationalization of Stereotypes},
  author={Andr{\'a}s Tilcsik},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  year={2020},
  volume={86},
  pages={93 - 122}
}
  • András Tilcsik
  • Published 11 December 2020
  • Psychology
  • American Sociological Review
The theory of statistical discrimination is a dominant social scientific framework for understanding discrimination in labor markets. To date, the literature has treated this theory as a model that merely explains employer behavior. This article contends that the idea of statistical discrimination, rather than simply providing an explanation, can lead people to view social stereotyping as useful and acceptable and thus help rationalize and justify discriminatory decisions. A preregistered… 

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