Has Discrimination Lessened over Time? A Test Using Baseball's All-Star Vote
Although researchers agree that the black-white wage gap has shrunk over time, they continue to debate the degree to which changes in attitudes, narrowing productivity differences, or corrective legislation are responsible. This article tests for evidence of attitude changes, investigating an area that arguably reflects attitudes more directly than most measures--fan voting for baseball's annual All-Star Game. African American candidates are found to have received substantially fewer votes than other candidates, ceteris paribus, in the 1970s. However, that vote differential declined sharply as time passed and may even have eventually reversed. These results support the view that discriminatory attitudes have diminished. Copyright 1999 by Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 37 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
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