Why do I like people like me?

Manuel Fernandez Bagues, Maria J. Perez-Villadoniga

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In this paper we extend the standard model of statistical discrimination to a multidimensional framework where the accuracy of evaluators depends on how knowledgeable they are in each dimension. The model yields two main implications. First, candidates who excel in the same dimensions as the evaluator tend to be preferred. Second, if two equally productive groups of workers differ in their distribution of ability across dimensions group discrimination will arise unless (i) evaluators are well informed about the extent of these differences and (ii) evaluators can take candidates' group belonging into account in their assessments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1292-1299
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Economic Theory
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Similar-to-me effect
  • Statistical discrimination


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