Title

Skin Tone and Wages: Evidence from NBA Free Agents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Keywords

skin tone, earnings, basketball, free agents

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1177/1527002510378825

Abstract

Although the vast majority of research focuses on differences across races, recent research has also considered disparities within racial groups. Intraracial discrimination or colorism is defined as a bias between members of the same racial group. Prior research has found a strong relationship between skin tone of African American men and economic outcomes. This article examines the relationship between skin tone and compensation for a sample of highly paid African American men, namely, professional basketball players. One innovation is to use an objective measure of skin tone. The authors find only weak support for customer discrimination and no support for employer discrimination based on skin tone.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Sports Economics, v. 12, issue 2, p. 143-156

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