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Antidiscrimination policy with culturally biased testing

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  • Adrian Masters

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This paper explores the implications of culturally biased testing for the employment decisions of firms. Only the workers know whether they can do the job or not so firms test them. Wages are made contingent on the test results which are public information. The threshold result for hiring corresponds to the minimum wage acceptable to qualified workers. Assuming the test is less able to discern the ability of minority workers, the paper looks at the implications for antidiscrimination employment and wage policies

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  • Adrian Masters, 2004. "Antidiscrimination policy with culturally biased testing," 2004 Meeting Papers 333, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed004:333
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    1. David H. Autor & David Scarborough, 2004. "Will Job Testing Harm Minority Workers?," NBER Working Papers 10763, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    Keywords

    Discrimination; labor market;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts

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