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The Effect of Affirmative Action on Workers’ Outcomes

Noriko Amano-Patiño, Julian Aramburu and Zara Contractor
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Noriko Amano-Patino

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics from Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge

Abstract: Fifty-six years after the introduction of affirmative action in employment in the U.S., there is a lack of consensus regarding the effect of this policy on workers’ careers (Holzer and Neumark, 2000). This paper contributes to fill this gap by building and analyzing a dataset that allows us to quantify the effects of affirmative action in employment on workers’ labor market outcomes. This paper circumvents prior data restrictions by constructing the first administrative database containing worker-level information (from the Longitudinal Employment Household Dynamics) as well as the federal contractor status of workers’ employers (from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Data and Federal Procurement Data). We estimate the causal effects of affirmative action on workers’ outcomes exploiting different features specified by the legal obligations of the regulation in a regression discontinuity setting.

Keywords: Racial discrimination; affirmative action regulation; unemployment; earnings differentials (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J23 J31 J71 J78 K31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-01-06
Note: nga25
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