Economic Pluralism in the Study of Wage Discrimination: A Note

Drydakis, Nick (2018) Economic Pluralism in the Study of Wage Discrimination: A Note. International Journal of Manpower, 39 (4). pp. 631-636. ISSN 1758-6577

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Economic pluralism proposes that economists and social planners should consider alternative theories to establish a range of policy actions. Neoclassical, Feminist and Marxian theories evaluate well-grounded causes of wage discrimination. However, a reluctance to consider less-dominant theories among different schools of economic thought restricts analysis and proposed policies, resulting in a monism method. In considering Neoclassical, Feminist and Marxian theories, racist attitudes, uncertainties regarding minority workers’ productivity and power relations in lower-status sectors might generate discriminatory wages. Each cause is observed in contemporary labour markets and deserves corresponding policy action. Given pluralism, wage discrimination might be reduced by implementing equality campaigns, creating low-cost tests to predict workers’ productivity and abolishing power relations towards minority workers. Time is needed to provide a pluralistic evaluation of wage discrimination. In addition, pluralism requires rigorous investigations to avoid incoherencies. Pluralism might be jeopardised if there is a limited desire to engage with less-dominant theoretical frameworks. Also, pluralism might be misled with rejection of dominant theories.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Economic Pluralism, Schools of economic thought, Wages, Discrimination
Faculty: ARCHIVED Lord Ashcroft International Business School (until September 2018)
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2018 11:57
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:56

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