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Bias in the Sharing Economy

By Barbara Ruland, Communications Specialist

The so-called “sharing economy” has opened up unprecedented opportunities for buying, renting, and selling goods, services, and intellectual resources. However, it has also opened up new possibilities for discrimination.

The recent accusations of discrimination on the Airbnb platform specifically highlight the propensity for racial discrimination in this new market. The Airbnb controversy broke late last year when a trio of Harvard researchers released the paper Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Authors Benjamin Edelman, Michael Luca, and Dan Svirsky stated that “online marketplaces increasingly choose to reduce the anonymity of buyers and sellers in order to facilitate trust. We demonstrate that this common market design choice results in an important unintended consequence: racial discrimination.”...Read more


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