Implementation and removal of an affirmative-action quota : the impact on task assignment and workers’ skill acquisition

Feltovich, Nick, Gangadharan, Lata, & Kidd, Michael P. (2013) Implementation and removal of an affirmative-action quota : the impact on task assignment and workers’ skill acquisition. Canadian Public Policy, 39, S123-S140.

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Both the United States and Canada have federal legislation that attempts to address employment inequities across specific target groups. The US has a long tradition of affirmative action, dating back to President Kennedy’s 1961 Executive Order; Canada enacted its Employment Equity Act in 1986. Employment Equity/Affirmative Action policy has attracted significant controversy, with high profile court cases and the repeal of state/provincial legislation. Coate and Loury (1993) examine the theoretical impact of introducing affirmative action. Unfortunately the theoretical impact of affirmative action is ambiguous. The current paper employs a laboratory experiment to shed empirical light on this theoretical ambiguity.

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ID Code: 62667
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: statistical discrimination, signaling, positive discrimination, affirmative action, experiment
DOI: 10.3138/CPP.39.Supplement1.S123
ISSN: 0317-0861
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 19 Sep 2013 22:46
Last Modified: 12 May 2014 11:55

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