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Sex Discrimination in Labor Markets: The Role of Statistical Evidenc e

Peter Kuhn ()

American Economic Review, 1987, vol. 77, issue 4, 567-83

Abstract: Correlations between statistically-measured wage discrimination and confidential survey reports of discrimination are used to estimate the relative importance of statistical evidence in determining womens' self-assessed discrimination levels. Statistical evidence is found to be considerably less important than other "nonstatistical" evidence. Assuming courts weigh statistical versus other evidence as individuals do, the effects of making statistical evidence admissible are calculated. Young, well-educated women are predicted to be the main beneficiaries of this policy. Copyright 1987 by American Economic Association.

Date: 1987
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