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Does temporary affirmative action produce persistent effects? A study of black and female employment in law enforcement


Miller, Amalia R; Segal, Carmit (2012). Does temporary affirmative action produce persistent effects? A study of black and female employment in law enforcement. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 94(4):1107-1125.

Abstract

This paper exploits variation in the timing and outcomes of
employment discrimination lawsuits against U.S. law enforcement agencies
to estimate the cumulative and persistent employment effects of
temporary externally imposed affirmative action (AA). We find that AA
increased black employment at all ranks by 4.5 to 6.2 percentage points
relative to national trends. We also find no erosion of these employment
gains in the fifteen years following AA termination, although black
employment growth was significantly lower in departments after AA ended
than in departments whose plans continued. For women, in contrast, we
find only marginal employment gains at lower ranks.

Abstract

This paper exploits variation in the timing and outcomes of
employment discrimination lawsuits against U.S. law enforcement agencies
to estimate the cumulative and persistent employment effects of
temporary externally imposed affirmative action (AA). We find that AA
increased black employment at all ranks by 4.5 to 6.2 percentage points
relative to national trends. We also find no erosion of these employment
gains in the fifteen years following AA termination, although black
employment growth was significantly lower in departments after AA ended
than in departments whose plans continued. For women, in contrast, we
find only marginal employment gains at lower ranks.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Date:9 November 2012
Deposited On:03 Dec 2012 10:43
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:08
Publisher:MIT Press
ISSN:0034-6535
Additional Information:This is a preprint, or manuscript version, the article has been accepted for publication in The Review of Economics and Statistics November 2012, Vol. 94, No. 4, Pages 1107-1125 Posted Online November 9, 2012. (doi:10.1162/REST_a_00208)
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1162/REST_a_00208

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