The economics of ethnic prejudice

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya is interested in understanding peoples’ beliefs and prejudices towards different ethnic groups and how these can lead to ethnic conflicts or wars: “Economic competition between a minority and majority often leads to conflict because the majority wants to essentially avoid competition” ... "If a minority is specialising in something that is complementary to the occupations of the majority, that should lead to less conflict". Here, she talks about the link between middlemen minorities and the drivers of anti-Jewish violence in the Russian Empire.

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Topics:  Economic history Politics and economics

Tags:  prejudice, Anti-Semitism, pogroms

Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics (EHESS); CEPR Research Fellow

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