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The Persistent Effect of Temporary Affirmative Action

Conrad Miller

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2017, vol. 9, issue 3, 152-90

Abstract: I 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.

JEL-codes: J15 J23 J24 J83 K31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.20160121
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