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Affirmative action and empowerment: friends or foes?

Vidya Atal and Ram Dubey ()

Economics Bulletin, 2014, vol. 34, issue 2, 1012-1018

Abstract: We consider effects of quota or "affirmative action" for women at work-places on the societal outcomes. A simple model of household decision making with production and endogenously determined female power is studied. We show that even under standard economic modeling specifications, as a result of affirmative action, it could turn out to be the case that female labor force participation and social welfare rise but at the cost of diminished female power and wider male-female wage-gap.

Keywords: affirmative action; women's empowerment; wage-gap (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D1 J7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-05-09
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