The Effect of Affirmative Action on Workersâ€™ Outcomes
Julian Aramburu and
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Noriko Amano-Patino
Cambridge Working Papers in Economics from Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge
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 workersâ€™ 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 workersâ€™ 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 workersâ€™ employers (from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Data and Federal Procurement Data). We estimate the causal effects of affirmative action on workersâ€™ 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)
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