#AirbnbWhileBlack: How Hidden Bias Shapes The Sharing Economy

Authors: Shankar Vedanam, Maggie Penman, Max Nesterak

The economy may be progressing in the digital age, but racial discrimination is alive as ever. Research shows that Airbnb, a website where people rent out their homes to guests, is ripe with racial bias. Users with African-American sounding names are 16% less likely to be accepted as guests than those with white sounding names, even when no replacement guest can be found. Certain hosts would rather take a monetary loss than host a black guest. African-American hosts are hurting too, earning roughly 12% less than their nonblack counterparts.

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