Creating 'Reasonable Accommodations' for Disabled Individuals. The Golf Cart Test.
17 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2013
Date Written: October 2013
Identification of, and policies to discourage, discrimination have long been prevalent in academic research. While the evidence surrounding the consequences, efficacy, and desirability of affirmative action policies remains mixed, one area that remains unexplained is the workplace advantages gained to the discriminated group when affirmative action policies are implemented. Using the ADA’s requirement that businesses make reasonable accommodations for disabled individuals, I estimate the workplace advantage disabled individuals may have in a golf tournament. Exploiting the exogenous assignment of golf carts in intercollegiate golf tournaments, I find that golf carts actually provide no performance advantage and actually inhibit performance.
Keywords: reasonable accommodations, golf, ADA, discrimination, PGA Tour v Martin
JEL Classification: K31, J71, J15
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