Incorporating affirmative action into the welfare state

Tomer Blumkin, Yoram Margalioth, Efraim Sadka*

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In this paper, we discuss a novel aspect of affirmative action policy. We examine its redistributive role, asking whether in an egalitarian society, supplementing the tax-transfer system with an affirmative action policy would enhance social welfare. We demonstrate that affirmative action could be a desirable policy tool even if racial discrimination does not exist in the labor market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1035
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Affirmative action
  • Optimal taxation
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