Creating 'Reasonable Accommodations' for Disabled Individuals. The Golf Cart Test.

17 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2013

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Griffin Sims Edwards

University of Alabama at Birmingham - Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution & Economics

Date Written: October 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Edwards, Griffin Sims, Creating 'Reasonable Accommodations' for Disabled Individuals. The Golf Cart Test. (October 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2352008 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2352008

Griffin Sims Edwards (Contact Author)

University of Alabama at Birmingham - Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution & Economics ( email )

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 2nd Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35294
United States

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