Robert F. Kane

FacultyGraduate School of International Relations
PositionAssistant Professor (Koshi)
Last Updated: Apr. 27, 2020 at 13:23

Researcher Profile & Settings


    Robert F. Kane


  • Graduate School of International Relations Assistant Professor (Koshi)


  • 2013North Carolina State University PhD in Economics

Research Activities

Published Papers

  • Directed Structural Change
    Robert Kane
    Macroeconomic Dynamics 2017 [Refereed]
  • Per-unit versus ad-valorem discrimination with an application to MLB
    Paul M. Holmes, Robert F. Kane
    APPLIED ECONOMICS LETTERS 24(18) 1335-1339 2017 [Refereed]
    We contrast two structural forms of discrimination: per-unit and ad-valorem. We provide a simple modification to Becker's canonical discrimination model allowing for heterogeneous worker quality and both per-unit and ad-valorem discrimination. Per-unit discrimination costs reduce the relative cost of minorities with higher marginal products. This simple insight, which builds upon the Alchian-Allen hypothesis, yields sharp testable implications. We argue that several features of the MLB labour market are consistent with per-unit discrimination.


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