Race, Performance, Pay and Retention Among National Basketball Association Head Coaches

42 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2004

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Lawrence M. Kahn

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: April 2004

Abstract

This paper estimates racial differences in the retention probability, pay and performance of NBA coaches over the 1996-2003 period. Using a hazard function approach, I find small and statistically insignificant racial differences in the exit hazard, conditional on team performance, team payroll, and a variety of coaching quality indicators. There were also statistically insignificant racial differences in the quit and discharge hazards, all else equal. Further, among marginal coaches, I find no racial performance differentials, all else equal. Finally, controlling for performance and qualifications, I find small and statistically insignificant racial differences in annual compensation, total contractwide compensation, and contract duration. Together, these findings do not suggest that black NBA coaches are subject to racial discrimination in entry, pay or retention.

Keywords: discrimination, professional sports, managers

JEL Classification: J71, J44, J15, J63

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Lawrence M., Race, Performance, Pay and Retention Among National Basketball Association Head Coaches (April 2004). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1120. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=533823

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