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Banks, insurance companies, and discrimination

Block, Walter and Snow, Nicholas and Stringham, Edward (2008): Banks, insurance companies, and discrimination. Published in: Business and Society Review , Vol. 35, No. 7 (September 2008): pp. 403-419.


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This article examines some of the reasons why banks and insurance companies have been accused of discrimination, and shows that this is by and large a false accusation. Economic analysis demonstrates that racial discrimination is not a profit-maximizing strategy. Actually, unwise public policies are actually precluding many consumers from the market.

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