Digital Discrimination: The Case of Airbnb.com
August 28, 2014 10:33 AM Subscribe
[...]non-black [AirBnb] hosts earn roughly 12% more for a similar apartment with similar
ratings and photos relative to black hosts.
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Benjamin Edelman and Michael Luca examine race discrimination in the context of AirBnB.
Despite the potential of the internet to reduce discrimination, our results suggest that social platforms such as Airbnb may have the opposite effect. Full of salient pictures and social profiles, these platforms make it easy to discriminate—as evidenced by the significant penalty faced by a black host trying to conduct business on Airbnb.
Related: Nancy DiTomaso on How Social Networks Drive Black Unemployment