Digital discrimination: a case of Airbnb

Project Summary:

This research will test a widely held perception that making ethnic information less prominent—rather than completely eliminating it—will reduce discrimination. The researcher will use a recent Airbnb policy change to empirically test this relationship empirically. Utilizing data from Airbnb, the research effectively builds on the literature using ethnic names on resumes to test for discrimination. This research will be able to focus attention on the continuing problem of racial discrimination for wages, particularly in the “gig,” or “platform,” economy


Abdul Raheem Shariq Mohammed is a PhD student in Economics at University of Arizona. He received his M.A. in Economics from the University of Arizona, M.A. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University at New Delhi, and B.A. in Economics from University of Delhi at New Delhi. His research areas include labor economics, development economics, and applied microeconomic theory.