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Discrimination and Profit


  • Dragos BIGU

    () (Spiru Haret University, Bucharest, Romania)


In this paper I analyze the relation between anti-discrimination policies applied by a company and its profit. Some authors argue that the problem of discrimination should not be approached at the company level, because this will negatively affect its profit, but at the public policy level. I try to show that a company can apply anti-discrimination policies with a positive impact on profit. Policies of the first type have as their aim to ensure fairness in the selection process. Other policies give privilege to the members of discriminated groups in the selection process. At last, companies can implement a minimum quota system for members of a discriminated group. I prove that these three types of policies can positively affect the company’s profit.

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  • Dragos BIGU, 2009. "Discrimination and Profit," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 10(5), pages 1021-1027, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:rmcimn:v:10:y:2009:i:5:p:1021-1027

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    1. Sattinger, Michael, 1998. "Statistical Discrimination with Employment Criteria," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 39(1), pages 205-237, February.
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    discrimination; hiring policies; profit maximization; affirmative action; quota system.;

    JEL classification:

    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing


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