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Effects of Federal antidiscrimination and affirmative action enforcement audits on female and minority workforce composition

This project will evaluate the effect of antidiscrimination and affirmative action enforcement audits conducted by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on federal contractor workplace diversity (i.e., the share of female and minority employees).

Grant Recipient: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Principal Investigators: Fidan Ana Kurtulus, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Term: 2019 –2021

Funding: $149,903

Summary: This project will evaluate the effect of antidiscrimination and affirmative action enforcement audits conducted by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on federal contractor workplace diversity (i.e., the share of female and minority employees).

The study will capitalize on OFCCP’s existing random assignment process for selecting eligible firms for audit. Using a sample of approximately 111,000 federal contractor establishments eligible for a randomized audit in 2012, the study will test whether being chosen for audit affects establishments’ subsequent share of female and minority employees at the workplace level and in managerial/executive occupations. These effects will be measured over the four-year period following the audit year using administrative data from OFCCP and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The study’s pre-specified analysis plan is linked here.

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