Affirmative Action Retrenchment in Public Procurement and Contracting
Posted: 4 Oct 2013
Date Written: 2012
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
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