Stratification Economics as an Economics of Exclusion

Forthcoming, Journal of Race, Economics, and Policy

18 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2019

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John B. Davis

University of Amsterdam; Marquette University

Date Written: February 3, 2019


Stratification Economics (SE) is an emergent sub-field in economics, but its JEL classification misrepresents its content and its relationship to the whole of economics. This paper first develops a more accurate characterization of SE by identifying its differences with Mainstream Economics (ME), its commonalities with economics in a broad sense, and how the combination of these differences and commonalities define it as a distinct research program. It then applies this definition to an economic goods taxonomy that makes a distinction between local public goods and common pool goods to interpret SE’S distinct research program as an economics of exclusion. The paper closes with a discussion of how SE might explain socioeconomic change in social group identity terms.

Keywords: stratification, social group identity, complex systems, local public goods, common pool goods, exclusion, political alliance

JEL Classification: B41, Z13

Suggested Citation

Davis, John B. and Davis, John B., Stratification Economics as an Economics of Exclusion (February 3, 2019). Forthcoming, Journal of Race, Economics, and Policy, Available at SSRN: or

John B. Davis (Contact Author)

Marquette University ( email )

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University of Amsterdam ( email )


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