April 2004

IZA DP No. 1125: On Vertically Challenged and Horizontal Equity – Reassessing Anti-Discrimination Rules

published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2007, 91 (5-6), 1167-1176

We consider a model of prejudice-driven discrimination, where the advantaged 'tall' discriminate against the disadvantaged 'short'. We employ an egalitarian social welfare function to compare anti-discrimination legal rules with a non-discriminatory ('height-blind') income tax.