Affirmative action and empowerment: Friends or foes?

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We consider effects of quota or "affirmative action" for women at work-places on the societal outcomes. A simple model of household decision making with production and endogenously determined female power is studied. We show that even under standard economic modeling specifications, as a result of affirmative action, it could turn out to be the case that female labor force participation and social welfare rise but at the cost of diminished female power and wider male-female wage-gap.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1012-1018
Number of pages7
JournalEconomics Bulletin
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


  • Affirmative action
  • Wage-gap
  • Women's empowerment


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