Interracial Workplace Cooperation: Evidence from the NBA

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Joseph Price

Brigham Young University

Lars John Lefgren

Brigham Young University - Department of Economics

Henry Tappen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 2009

Abstract

Using data from the National Basketball Association (NBA), we examine whether patterns of workplace cooperation occur disproportionately among workers of the same race. We find that, holding constant the composition of teammates on the floor, basketball players are no more likely to complete an assist to a player of the same race than a player of a different race. Our confidence interval allows us to reject even small amounts of same-race bias in passing patterns. Our findings suggest that high levels of interracial cooperation can occur in a setting where workers are operating in a highly visible setting with strong incentives to behave efficiently.

Suggested Citation

Price, Joseph and Lefgren, Lars John and Tappen, Henry, Interracial Workplace Cooperation: Evidence from the NBA (February 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w14749, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1347271

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Lars John Lefgren

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Henry Tappen

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