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The Role of African Americans in the Executive Labor Market: The Case of Head Coaching in College Basketball


  • Cornel Nesseler

    () (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

  • Carlos Gomez-Gonzalez

    () (Facultad Derecho y CC. Soziales, University of Castilla-La Mancha)

  • Helmut Dietl

    () (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

  • Julio del Corral

    () (Facultad Derecho y CC. Soziales, University of Castilla-La Mancha)


In this paper, we examine how the number of African American and White American coaches in college basketball evolved since 1947. Particularly, we focus on 1973 when the league split up. The separation created asymmetric regulatory requirements. This led to a significant difference in the number of African American coaches. The evidence suggests that less regulated institutions employ fewer African American coaches. The results are time consistent, not clustered geographically, and unrelated to specific institutions. Our results have policy implications for college sports as well as other industries which have similar working conditions.

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  • Cornel Nesseler & Carlos Gomez-Gonzalez & Helmut Dietl & Julio del Corral, 2017. "The Role of African Americans in the Executive Labor Market: The Case of Head Coaching in College Basketball," Working Papers 371, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW).
  • Handle: RePEc:zrh:wpaper:371

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    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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