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Economic and Behavioral Foundations of Prejudice

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Anti-Semitism is a term invented by a secular European, Wilhelm Marr, in the 19th century to describe antipathy to the Jewish people that is not based on traditional religion based prejudice. The term "anti-Semitism" places prejudice against Jews in the category of an ideology like capitalism and socialism. The literature classification system of the academic economics profession is that of the Journal of Economic Literature and includes a category of "economics of minorities and races: non-labor discrimination". The literature describes prejudice and discrimination with reference to people's "tastes" or preferences. Charles de Gaulle has left a forthright statement of fear of Jews and fear of the Jewish state. Non-appropriation is reflected in the occupational structure of Jews in Europe. Jews were traditionally not engaged in agriculture and were not peasants or serfs. Difficulties have arisen for Jews when governments and rulers have been anti-Semitic.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; capitalism; economics; Europe; Jews; prejudice; socialism; Wilhelm Marr



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