If you have a "black-sounding" name you are less likely to get a room on Airbnb

"Black-sounding" names 16% less likely to be accepted when compared to "white-sounding" names


Peter Cooper
December 15, 2015 1:20AM (UTC)

A recent Harvard Business School study has concluded that people with "black-sounding" names were 16% less likely to be accepted as guests when compared to people with "white-sounding" names. The study looked into Airbnb rentals throughout Baltimore, Dallas, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Washington. The findings were consistent across the board whether the host was black or white, male or female, and across all economic spectrums of rentals. This study, entitled "Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy" was released on December 9th from Harvard Business School and is a follow-up to a 2014 study which concluded that white hosts charge 12% more than black hosts.


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