The Business Case for Equal Opportunities

24 Pages Posted: 21 May 2013

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Rebecca Riley

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Hilary Metcalf

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

John Forth

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Date Written: May 2013

Abstract

It has long been argued that equality of opportunity brings business benefits and that it is in employers' interest to implement policy to promote equality of opportunity. Our analysis of the Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2004 found neither large and widespread business benefits, nor large and widespread costs associated with Equal Opportunities policies amongst the establishments that implement these. Given the net benefits to society of equal opportunities policies, this suggests that public and private benefits are likely to differ substantially and points to the need for policy intervention.

Suggested Citation

Riley, Rebecca and Metcalf, Hilary and Forth, John, The Business Case for Equal Opportunities (May 2013). Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 44, Issue 3, pp. 216-239, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2267673 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irj.12017

Rebecca Riley

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) ( email )

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Hilary Metcalf

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) ( email )

2 Dean Trench Street
Smith Square
London SW1P 3HE
United Kingdom

John Forth

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) ( email )

2 Dean Trench Street
Smith Square
London SW1P 3HE
United Kingdom

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