The Persistent Effect of Temporary Affirmative Action
AbstractI estimate the dynamic effects of federal affirmative action regulation, exploiting variation in the timing of regulation and deregulation across work establishments. Affirmative action increases the black share of employees over time: in 5 years after an establishment is first regulated, the black share of employees increases by an average of 0.8 percentage points. Strikingly, the black share continues to grow at a similar pace even after an establishment is deregulated. I argue that this persistence is driven in part by affirmative action inducing employers to improve their methods for screening potential hires.
CitationMiller, Conrad. 2017. "The Persistent Effect of Temporary Affirmative Action." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 9 (3): 152-90. DOI: 10.1257/app.20160121
- J15 Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
- J23 Labor Demand
- J24 Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- J83 Labor Standards: Workers' Rights
- K31 Labor Law