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The impact of deregulation on employment discrimination in the trucking industry

  • Jacqueline Agesa
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    Past studies of racial discrimination in the for-hire sector of the motor carrier industry find that deregulation is an effective tool for mitigating discrimination. These studies argue that regulation provides a refuge from competition that allows employers to discriminate and pass costs on to consumers. Thus, increased competition of deregulation allows less latitude to discriminate. This study reexamines the impact of deregulation on racial employment in the trucking industry. Specifically, micro-data are used to measure and decompose increased minority participation of for-hire drivers following deregulation. The findings of this paper concur that deregulation increased minority participation in the industry. However, the new findings suggest that only a fraction of this increase can be attributed to employers having less latitude to racially discriminate. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 1998

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    Article provided by International Atlantic Economic Society in its journal Atlantic Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 26 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 288-303

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:26:y:1998:i:3:p:288-303
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