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Is there a 'taste for discrimination'? - analysis

Is there a 'taste for discrimination'? - analysis | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Racial gaps in wages are often attributed to discrimination but data limitations make drawing strong conclusions difficult. Economists usually distinguish between taste-based and statistical discrimination. This column presents evidence from a new test of taste-based discrimination.

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This article is co-authored by Alex Bryson, Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). NIESR is a partner in two ESRC research centres, LLAKES and the Institute for Macroeconomics. Alex Bryson is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) which is funded by the ESRC.

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Male blood donors 'preferred' as plasma from UK women is discarded

Male blood donors 'preferred' as plasma from UK women is discarded | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The UK policy of discarding female blood plasma without first informing women donors is discriminatory, according to Professor Julie Kent from UWE Bristol. In her research she raises questions about the ethics of blood donation since 2003 when a policy of 'male donor preference' was adopted by the UK National Blood Service.

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The paper focusses on current policy and practice in the UK, and involved visits to a major blood processing facility and a plasma products manufacturer, and interviews with transfusion specialists and representatives of patients groups. It is part of a larger ESRC funded project on 'Risk, safety and consent in the UK blood services'.

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