Inequality in Economics

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I agree with the text that with individual discrimination that it is better to address the problem with the individual, implement a punishment, and move on from the issue. However, with institutional discrimination, because it is pervasive and ongoing within business and organizations deciding who deserves rewards. It is difficult to see this in everyday interactions, but that is because it is tied into the way everything is done within the organization. An example the book gives is a performance evaluation for advancement. This is very common in business. I experience a job evaluation for all of my raises or attempts of advancement at walmart. However, because I am a young woman I never had enough “experience” to get past the “job evaluation” part of advancement. Every time they always chose a male that had less education than I did so I do not feel the evaluation was of any purpose except to hold individuals back from higher positions. I find it very interesting that lookism is being addressed by the ADA in any way. It does seem that it would very hard to prove that you are unattractive and that it causes impairment. The authors’ suggest the looking glass as a more appropriate metaphor because it recognizes the complicated nature and obvious hidden barriers to advancement in organizations such as stereotypes, attractiveness, or choices. I think that this relates to what I said about my experience trying to advance in walmart. There are systems in place to make things look fair, but you have to use a looking glass to see what is actually in place with these systems such as job evaluations that are set up in a way to make undesirable populations advance. Being forced into a lower position, which makes it harder to reach a higher level. In the article about Native American unemployment the issue of transportation is huge. One question I have always…...

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