Labor & Employment
Affirmative Action & Disparity Studies

Brattle economists have conducted numerous disparity studies for local and state government agencies to aid in the development of effective and legitimate affirmative action programs. These studies, often referred to as Croson studies in reference to the precedent setting Supreme Court decision, require sophisticated analyses of labor markets and firm availability accounting for race and gender. We employ methods and techniques designed to withstand legal scrutiny and have provided assistance to our clients when affirmative action programs based on these studies have been challenged in the courts.