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The Sharing Economy and Discrimination: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

To investigate whether there is unequal treatment for ethnic minorities in the sharing economy this paper conducts a field experiment on Airbnb in Sweden. The key findings report that inquiries from guests with Arabic-sounding names are 17 percentage points less likely to receive a booking invitation compared to guests with Swedish-sounding names. The discrimination is robust across host and listing characteristics. Furthermore, the results show that being associated with a lower social class decreases the probability of receiving a booking invitation for guests with Arabic-sounding names but not for guests with Swedish-sounding names, suggesting that the signal of social class is stronger for guests with Arabic-sounding names.

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2019. , p. 34
Keywords [en]
The Sharing Economy, Field Experiment, Audit Study, Ethnic Discrimination, Social Class
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-388843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-388843DiVA, id: diva2:1335570
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Economics
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Master Programme in Economics
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Available from: 2019-08-07 Created: 2019-07-05 Last updated: 2019-08-07Bibliographically approved

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