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Labor market conditions and charges of discrimination: Is there a link?

Karl Boulware () and Kenneth Kuttner ()
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Kenneth Kuttner: Department of Economics, Williams College

No 2018-007, Wesleyan Economics Working Papers from Wesleyan University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper’s goal is to determine whether the degree of labor market tightness affects the frequency of discrimination charges. State-level panel data on enforcement and litigation actions from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, along with disaggregated labor market statistics, allow us to assess the effects of labor market conditions on discrimination based on race or ethnicity, and how these effects vary across states and over time. Our findings have implications for how macroeconomic policies might be used to promote equal opportunity in the labor market.

Keywords: labor market conditions; discrimination; EEOC; macroeconomic policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J63 J71 E61 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16 pages
Date: 2018-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-law, nep-mac and nep-ure
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Published in the Strategic Management Journal 2018; 1-25

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