Affirmative action retrenchment in public procurement and contracting

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    This article provides estimates of the impacts of a race-neutral programme called an Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) Programme in New Jersey in 2003-2004 on women- and minority-owned contractors. We show that although women- and minority-owned firms conceptually benefit from ESBE set-asides, they do not benefit as much as non-Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), resulting in a reduced share of total contract dollars awarded to DBEs.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1857-1860
    Number of pages4
    JournalApplied Economics Letters
    Issue number18
    StatePublished - Dec 2012


    • affirmative action
    • minorities
    • procurement
    • retrenchment


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