Customer Racial Discrimination in the Market for Memorabilia: The Case of Baseball
Because consumer discrimination can reduce productivity, it is often impossible to tell whether differential productivity is the effect of discrimination or of differential ability. Detailed data for the sports labor market make it possible to separate consumer discrimination from ability. The authors use a unique approach to determine whether the entertainment value of baseball players is related to their race: they examine whether race directly affects the value of a player in the market for baseball cards. In contrast to studies that use salaries, there is no room for owner or coworker discrimination. Their evidence supports the hypothesis of consumer discrimination. Copyright 1990, the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Volume (Year): 105 (1990)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
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