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From bias to bliss: Racial preferences and worker productivity in tennis

Carsten Creutzburg, Wolfgang Maennig and Steffen Mueller

No 75, Working Papers from Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg

Abstract: This study investigates the impact of differences in consumers’ racial preferences on worker productivity through the example of the home advantage (HA) effect using data on wins in men’s professional tennis from 2001 to 2020 (pre-COVID-19). We identify players’ racial affiliation as one of five distinct race groups by combining clustering algorithms and facial recognition software. Our empirical design innovates by allowing us to distinguish among HA factors related to the presence of fans, referee bias, travel fatigue, and home-court familiarity. We provide evidence for social environments where Black players benefit more strongly from fan support than players of other races.

Keywords: Labor market discrimination; consumer discrimination; racial bias; productivity; home advantage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J71 L83 Z22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2024-04-04
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Published in Hamburg Contemporary Economic Discussions, Issue 75, 2024

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