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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123 - 140
Number of pages18
JournalCanadian Public Policy/ Analyse de Politiques
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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