IWF Issues Title IX Position Paper

Allison Kasic of the Independent Women’s Forum just gave us a heads up that she’s published a new position paper on Title IX. It’s titled, Title IX and Athletics: A Case Study of Perverse Incentives and Unintended Consequences.

From the executive summary:

June 23rd marks the 38th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in educational programs. Title IX was well-intentioned, but has had some negative, serious unintended consequences, particularly in the realm of collegiate athletics.

In the Title IX era most men’s sports have faced a consistent and serious decline in both the number of participants and number of programs. This is not a coincidence. Schools’ decisions to cuts men’s programs are related to the incentive structure that the government created in developing Title IX enforcement protocol. Title IX’s main enforcement mechanism, proportionality, effectively operates as a gender quota.

In 2003 and 2005, the Bush administration attempted to provide school’s with a practical, yet rigorous alternative to proportionality through the creation of a model interest survey. Unfortunately, the Obama administration recently rescinded this survey.

Click here to download the PDF.

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