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CEP discussion paper
What Happens When Employers are Free to Discriminate? Evidence from the English Barclays Premier Fantasy Football League
Alex Bryson and Arnaud Chevalier July 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1283:
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JEL Classification: J15; J23; J24; J71; M51

Tags: race; labour market discrimination; football

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.

This paper has been published as:
Is there a taste for racial discrimination amongst employers?, Alex Bryson and Arnaud Chevalier, Labour Economics, Volume 34, June 2015