Affirmative Action Retrenchment in Public Procurement and Contracting

26 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2012

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Rodrigo Davila

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Applied Economics

Inhyuck Ha

Western Carolina University

Samuel Myers

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

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Date Written: January 7, 2011

Abstract

This paper provides estimates of the impacts of the replacement of a race-conscious affirmative action program in public procurement and contracting with a program that includes both a race-conscious and a race-neutral component. It examines the effect of the replacement of a disadvantaged business enterprise program (DBE) with a new program that includes a race-neutral set-aside program called the Emerging Small Business Enterprise Program (ESBE) in New Jersey in 2003-2004. We show that although women- and minority-owned firms conceptually benefit from ESBE set-asides, they do not benefit as much as non-DBEs, resulting in a reduced share of total contract dollars awarded to DBEs.

Keywords: public, procurement, contracting, DBE, affirmative action, disadvantage business enterprise

Suggested Citation

Davila, Rodrigo and Ha, Inhyuck and Myers, Samuel, Affirmative Action Retrenchment in Public Procurement and Contracting (January 7, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2020465 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2020465

Rodrigo Davila (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

MN
United States

Inhyuck Ha

Western Carolina University ( email )

Cullowhee, NC 28723
United States

Samuel Myers

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs ( email )

301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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