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Intergroup inequality, social identity and economic outcomes

Katherine E Baird, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Members of racially- and ethnically-diverse societies often associate primarily with those of their own group. Such societies often also experience high levels of social conflict over distributional issues. This dissertation analyzes economic factors that link demographic diversity with these social, economic and political outcomes. Its main contribution is to highlight the role that between-group inequality plays in determining the extent and nature of contact among diverse segments of a society, and how the resulting social structure influences political and economic outcomes. It also argues that the interaction of inequality and social isolation can be a primary cause for the intergenerational perpetuation of intergroup inequality.

Subject Area

Economics|Minority & ethnic groups|Sociology

Recommended Citation

Baird, Katherine E, "Intergroup inequality, social identity and economic outcomes" (2000). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI9988764.