Economic Perspectives on Affirmative Action

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University Press of America, 1995 - Business & Economics - 97 pages
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The three scholarly articles that make up this book examine affirmative action in economic terms, measuring and discussing the economic cost of racial discrimination in employment and the economic cost of equal opportunity enacted to combat discrimination and its effects. The short article by Andrew Brimmer, an economist who was the first black governor of the Federal Reserve Board, calculates the financial cost to the nation of racial discrimination in employment, education, and training. Cecilia Conrad's article surveys an array of experts and concludes that the direct financial costs to government and private industry of maintaining affirmative action policies is quite small; she also concludes that the popular perception of a productivity loss caused by affirmative action has little basis in demonstrable fact. Finally, Lee Badgett and Heidi Hartmann examine the many studies that have been done to assess the effectiveness of affirmative action policies in increasing employment and wage opportunities for both women and African Americans; they conclude that such policies have had measurable effects, though they have often been slight.
 

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Award-winning writer and historian Lynn Sims Salsi is the author of several books and articles on aspects of the Palmetto State's history. Born and raised in the capital city, she demonstrates her love for Columbia and her pride in its citizens through the engaging stories and illustrations collected in this new work. First-hand accounts of life in Columbia and images collected over the years by lifelong resident Margaret Sims provide another unique perspective on the history of this fascinating city.

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