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What happens when employers are free to discriminate? Evidence from the English Barclays Premier Fantasy Football League

Bryson, Alex and Chevalier, Arnaud (2014) What happens when employers are free to discriminate? Evidence from the English Barclays Premier Fantasy Football League. NIESR Discussion Paper, No. 427. National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London, UK.

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Identification Number: No. 427

Abstract

Research on employers’ hiring discrimination is limited by the unlawfulness of such activity. Consequently, researchers have focused on the intention to hire. Instead, we rely on a virtual labour market, the Fantasy Football Premier League, where employers can freely exercise their taste for racial discrimination in terms of hiring and firing. The setting allows us to eliminate co-worker, consumer-based and statistical discrimination as potential sources of discrimination, thus isolating the effects of taste-based discrimination. We find no evidence of racial discrimination, either in initial hiring or through the season, in a context where employers are fully aware of current and prospective workers’ productivity.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://niesr.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors, NIESR
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 11:35
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 11:35
Funders: Norwegian Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56945

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