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Race, Technical Efficiency, and Retention: The Case of NBA Coaches

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  • Rodney Fort

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    (University of Michigan)

  • Young Hoon Lee

    ()
    (Sogang University, Seoul)

  • David Berri

    ()
    (California State University-Bakersfield)

Abstract

Despite the common perception that African-American coaches face discrimination obstacles, only two rigorous statistical studies exist that actually address the issue of racial variation in retention of coaches. Neither study accounts for variation in the level of talent across coaches and the production of wins. We examine the difference between retention of African-American and white NBA coaches based on technical efficiency calculations from stochastic production frontier estimates of team win production. First, we detect no difference in technical efficiency by race of the coach. Second, the evidence is consistent with the idea that coaches are retained based on their technical efficiency. Finally, the evidence fails to support any difference in retention of NBA coaches by race. These results offer finance insights for practitioners and raise methodology questions about retention discrimination findings in the NFL.

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Volume (Year): 3 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 84-97

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Keywords: Race; retention; stochastic production frontier analysis; NBA coaches.;

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  1. Young Hoon Lee, 2010. "The Effects of Management Practices on Productivity: Evidence from Baseball Team Production," Working Papers, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University 1005, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University, revised 2010.
  2. Randy Silvers & Raul Susmel, 2014. "Compensation of a Manager: The Case of Major League Baseball," Economics Series 2014_4, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
  3. Tainsky, Scott & Mills, Brian & Winfree, Jason A., 2012. "Further Examination of Potential Discrimination Among MLB Umpires," MPRA Paper 43234, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Del Corral, Julio, 2012. "Eficiencia en el deporte: Entrenadores en la Primera División del fútbol español 2009-2011/Efficiency in Sports: Coaches in the Spanish Football First Division 2009-2011," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 30, pages 545-564, Agosto.
  5. Young Hoon Lee, 2009. "Frontier Models and their Application to the Sports Industry," Working Papers, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University 0903, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University, revised 2009.

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