Uncovering Discrimination: A Comparison of the Methods Used by Scholars and Civil Rights Enforcement Officials
Stephen Ross () and
John Yinger ()
American Law and Economics Review, 2006, vol. 8, issue 3, pages 562-614
The responsibility for uncovering discrimination falls on both scholars and civil rights enforcement officials. Scholars ask whether discrimination exists and why it arises; enforcement officials ask whether particular firms are discriminating. This article investigates the points of commonality and divergence in these two lines of inquiry. We demonstrate a need for more research focusing on discrimination as defined by the law and for more enforcement building on the methodological lessons in the research literature. We also show that disparate-impact discrimination cannot be identified with current enforcement tools but could be identified with methods in the scholarly literature. Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.
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