Inequality in Pay: A Study of Wage Disparity in the NFL
32 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2004
Date Written: December 2, 2004
Using a sample that spans 10 seasons from 1994-95 to 2003-2004, we study the wage differential across different racial groups in the NFL. Controlling for player and team characteristics, individual performance attributes, and player positions, fixed-effect regressions on log of salary reveal a positive and significant pay premium for non-white athletes. However, sub-period estimation suggests that this premium was strongest for the earlier sample, and is not significant for recent years. Individual positional regressions suggest that traditional white skill positions have a significant premium for white athletes, while tradition non-white skill positions have no premium. This premium persists controlling for experience and quality of the athlete.
Keywords: Wage Inequality, Discrimination, NFL
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