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Superbias: The Collision Of Behavioral Economics And Implicit Social Cognition, Justin D. Levinson Jun 2015

Superbias: The Collision Of Behavioral Economics And Implicit Social Cognition, Justin D. Levinson

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This Article explores what happens when behavioral law and economics and implicit social cognition collide, and presents an empirical study designed to test the hypothesis that racial stereotypes overpower behavioral economic phenomena...Section II details behavioral law and economics as well as implicit social cognition. It examines the social science basis of each field and explores the similar cognitive mechanics underlying them. Section III investigates what happens when race is introduced into economic decision-making and considers how racial stereotypes may specifically affect economic decisions already at risk of irrationality. Research has documented that economic decision-making is often discriminatory; new evidence ...