Labor Market Conditions and Discrimination: Is There a Link?
AbstractThis 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 US 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.
CitationBoulware, Karl David, and Kenneth N. Kuttner. 2019. "Labor Market Conditions and Discrimination: Is There a Link?" AEA Papers and Proceedings, 109: 166-70. DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20191086
- D63 Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
- J15 Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
- J63 Labor Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
- J64 Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
- J71 Labor Discrimination
- J78 Labor Discrimination: Public Policy
- K38 Human Rights Law; Gender Law