[CSH Seminar] Meritocracy in the Face of Group Inequality by Dr. Rohini Somanathan

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The Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) is delighted to invite you to a Seminar session (n°5) on:

Meritocracy in the Face of Group Inequality


Dr. Rohini Somanathan

Prof. of Economics, Delhi School of Economics

Monday, 28 January 2019 at 5 p.m.
[Join us for tea and coffee at 4:30 p.m.!]

At Institut Français en Inde, Conference room (ground floor)

2, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam road, New Delhi, 110011

Any practical implementation of a meritocratic ideal must be based on observables. In popular discourse, merit-based allocations are inconsistent with selection based on markers of group identity, such as ethnicity, gender, or religion, since these are not intrinsically related to performance. It is also believed that selection based on merit ought to satisfy a monotonicity property; those with higher values of performance-related attributes, such as a test scores or course grades, should have precedence over those with lower values. My talk will be based on work with Rajiv Sethi which shows that these common perceptions of meritocracy hold only under very special assumptions about human capital production functions and the nature of information available to those making assignment decisions. I will also make some cross-country comparisons of policies that have dealt with group inequality and discuss their welfare implications.

More info: julien  {dot}  levesque  {at}  csh-delhi  {dot}  com

For registration:

RSVP mentioning your full name to be sent to: neeru  {dot}  gohar  {at}  csh-delhi  {dot}  com 

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