Discrimination Against Women Sellers by Male and Female Buyers

Tamar Kricheli-Katz & Tali Regev, How Many Cents on the Dollar? Women and Men in Product Markets, 2 Science Advances (2016). Eyal Zamir Fundamental legal and policy debates usually revolve not only around the goals that the law should pursue, and the appropriate means to achieve them, but also around the underlying facts. Reality is complex, and people tend to look for evidence, to perceive it and interpret it in ways that confirm their prior attitudes. Rigorous empirical research is therefore critically important. In recent years, a growing number of legal scholars have conducted empirical legal studies, often in collaboration with researchers from other social-science disciplines. The thought-provoking article reviewed here—on discrimination against women sellers by bidders in eBay auctions—belongs to this emerging genre. Market-based allocations of goods and entitlements are presumably not only more efficient than centralized allocations, but also freer…

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