Inequality in Pay: A Study of Wage Disparity in the NFL

32 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2004

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James Doran

University of New South Wales

David R. Doran

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Date Written: December 2, 2004

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Doran, James and Doran, David R., Inequality in Pay: A Study of Wage Disparity in the NFL (December 2, 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=628422 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.628422

James Doran (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales ( email )

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David R. Doran

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Chicago, IL 60606
United States

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