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Race, Compensation and Contract Length in the NBA: 2001-2002

19 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2005  

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

Malav Shah

Emory University School of Law

Abstract

We study race and pay in the NBA for 2001-2002. For players who were neither free agents nor on rookie scale contracts, there were large, statistically significant ceteris paribus nonwhite shortfalls in salary, total compensation, and contract duration. But for players under the rookie salary scale (first-round draft picks) and free agents, race effects were small and insignificant. These results suggest discrimination against marginal nonwhite players.

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Lawrence M. and Shah, Malav, Race, Compensation and Contract Length in the NBA: 2001-2002. Industrial Relations, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 444-462, July 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=739935

Lawrence M. Kahn (Contact Author)

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Malav Shah

Emory University School of Law

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Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

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