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You Can’t Beat Quotas!

The Wall Street Journal published a series of pieces last week on corporate gender diversity. The first sentence in one of them typifies all of them: “Top executives understand that gender diversity is both an ethical and a business imperative.” Why? No explanation in the piece is given. Now, nondiscrimination may be an ethical and business imperative, but that’s quite different. 

There’s also lots of discussion about how setting “targets” for female hiring and promotions — and then rewarding or punishing those who succeed or fail in hitting those targets, respectively — is a great technique. My posted comment: “Yes, I bet that nothing succeeds in getting your numbers right like having the boss set a quota.  But quotas inevitably lead to discrimination, and discrimination is unfair, divisive, inefficient — and illegal.  More here.”

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