A Short Note on Discrimination and Favoritism in the Labor Market

Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 23/16

Date: 2016


Nicolas Salamanca
Jan Feld


We extend Becker’s model of discrimination by allowing firms to have discriminatory and favoring preferences simultaneously. We draw the two-preference parallel for the marginal firm, illustrate the implications for wage differentials, and consider the implied long-run equilibrium. In the short-run, wage differentials depend on relative preferences. However, in the long-run, market forces drive out discriminatory but not favoring firms.

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  • Wage gap, nepotism, firm preferences, long-run equilibrium