Affirmative Action Retrenchment in Public Procurement and Contracting

Posted: 4 Oct 2013

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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: 2012

Abstract

This article provides estimates of the impacts of a race-neutral programme called an Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) Programme in New Jersey in 2003-2004 on women- and minority-owned contractors. We show that although women- and minority-owned firms conceptually benefit from ESBE set-asides, they do not benefit as much as non-Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), resulting in a reduced share of total contract dollars awarded to DBEs.

Keywords: affirmative action, retrenchment, procurement, minorities

JEL Classification: J15, H57, J78

Suggested Citation

Davila, Rodrigo and Ha, Inhyuck and Myers, Samuel, Affirmative Action Retrenchment in Public Procurement and Contracting (2012). Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 19, No. 18, April 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2335089

Rodrigo Davila

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 (Contact Author)

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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