Sorting , Quotas , and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 : Who Hires When It ’ S Hard to Fire ?

  title={Sorting , Quotas , and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 : Who Hires When It ’ S Hard to Fire ?},
  author={Paul E. Oyer},
The Civil Rights Act of 1991 (CRA91) was enacted after a rancorous debate about whether it was a “quota” hiring bill or a necessary means of opening labor markets. We analyze the effects of CRA91 on the composition of firms’ workforces. We consider employer behavior when firms vary in their susceptibility to discrimination suits and when firms can reduce exposure to discrimination claims by employing more protected workers. These forces lead to a sorting effect, which causes firms that are more… CONTINUE READING

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