Sources of Discriminations and Collaborative Economy
The project is co-financed by LIEPP
Research team :
Morgane Laouénan (CNRS, Co-director of LIEPP's Discriminations and Social Inequalities Research Group)
Roland Rathelot (Professor of economy, Warwick University)
Project description :
Airbnb was founded in 2008 and is now a major actor in the accommodation industry. However, the company has faced increasing criticism about the existence of ethnic discrimination on its platform, both on the host and guest sides. This has led Airbnb to react and design an anti-discrimination policy, made public in September 2016. However, little is known about which policies would be more efficient to fight discrimination, because we don’t know which discriminatory processes are at work. This projects draws on recent findings detailed in Laouénan and Rathelot, and examines the existence of discrimination on Airbnb across 19 cities in North America and Europe with the largest number of listings. The project finds that hosts from ethnic minorities have prices which are on average 3.5% lower, after we account for very detailed characteristics and location. It also shows that the ‘ethnic price gap’ decreases starkly with an increased number of reviews. These findings, combined with additional evidence using a longitudinal sample, suggest that most of the ‘ethnic price gap’ is due to statistical discrimination which could be best solved by improving the amount of information about listings and the reviewing process.
Associated publications :
- Morgane LAOUENAN, Roland RATHELOT, Ethnic Discrimination on an Online Marketplace of Vacation Rental Working Paper Series, Warwick University, no. 318, March 017.
- Morgane LAOUENAN, Roland RATHELOT, Let’s stay together? Combating discrimination on Airbnb SMF-Cage Global Perspectives Series, Warwick University, no.9, Decembre 2016.
For more information, please have a look on the project's poster :
"Ethnic Discrimination on an Online Marketplace of Vacation Rentals" (June 2016)
Research group recent events
- Colloque international francophone féministe. Saison 3 : "Genre et travail social"
- Conjugating Entrepreneurship with women: What Prospects for tomorrow ?
- Trickle-Down Effects of Affirmative Action: A Case Study in France
- How to evaluate the implementation of equality policies?
- Workshop LIEPP/GIEM: "La santé des personnes migrantes entre politiques migratoires et politiques de santé"
Publications of the Research Group
- Anne REVILLARD, Les inégalités de genre dans l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche: Discussion autour du LIEPP Policy Brief nº14 LIEPP Working Paper [Methodological Discussion Paper] n°34bis, octobre 2014
- Pierre DESCHAMPS, José DE SOUSA, Labor Mobility and Racial Discrimination LIEPP Working Paper , n°35, December 2014
- Amy G. MAZUR, Does Feminist Policy Matter in Post Industrial Democracies? A Proposed Analytical Roadmap , LIEPP Working Paper n°42, november 2015
- François BONNET, Etienne LALÉ, Mirna SAFI, Etienne WASMER, Better residential than ethnic discrimination! Reconciling audit's findings and interviews'findings in the Parisian housing market LIEPP Working Paper n° 36, février 2015
- François BONNET, Robert ELLICKSON, Etienne LALÉ, David LAITIN, Mirna SAFI, Etienne WASMER, Better residential than ethnic discrimination! LIEPP Working Paper [Methodological Discussion Paper] n°38bis, September 2015
- Anne REVILLARD, La réception de l'action publique LIEPP Working Paper, n°55, July 2016
- Clément BELLET, Eve SIHRA, Less Food for More Status: Caste Inequality and Conspicuous Consumption in India LIEPP Working Paper, n° 56, September 2016
- Roger WALDINGER, Renee LUTHRA, Thomas Soehl Acquiring and Exercising Citizenship: The New Second Generation in the United States LIEPP Working Paper, n°58, October 2016
- Aliya SAPERSTEIN, Making the Case for Racial Mobility , LIEPP Working Paper, n°69, September 2017
- Robin STRYKER, Heidi REYNOLDS-STENSON, Krista FREDERICO Family responsibilities discrimination, HR work-family discourse and organizational mediation of US civil rights law , LIEPP Working Paper, n°70, September 2017
- Andreas STEINHAUER, Working Moms, Childlessness, and Female Identity LIEPP Working Paper, n°79, Mai 2018
- Fabio Quassoli, Monica Colombo, Andrea Molteni Governing through security? Institutional discourse, practices, and policies in the metropolitan city of Milan LIEPP Working Paper n°83, December 2018
- Jean-Benoit EYMEOUD , Paul VERTIER, Gender Biases: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in French Local Elections LIEPP Working Paper n°78, April, 2018
- Pierre DESCHAMPS, Gender Quotas in Hiring Committees: a Boon or a Bane for Women? LIEPP Working Paper, n°82, novembre 2018
- Célia BOUCHET, Handicaps et inégalités professionnelles en France: des disparités qui se creusent au fil des parcours de vie LIEPP Working Paper n°84, mars 2019
- Carrie SHANDRA, Disability and Patterns of Leisure Participation across the Life Course LIEPP Working Paper n°109, April 2020
- Clémence BERSON, Morgane LAOUENAN, Emmanuel VALAT Outsourcing recruitment as a solution to prevent discrimination : A correspondence study LIEPP Working Paper n°104, February 2020
- Mirna SAFI, Tianjian Lai, Haley McAvay Diverging Pathways : How Pre-Migration Selectivity and Initial Legal Status Shape Immigrant Outcomes in France LIEPP Working Paper n°103, January 2020
- Pierre DESCHAMPS, Anne REVILLARD, Marie SAUTIER, Mathieu ARBOGAST, Les quotas de genre dans le monde académique Débats du LIEPP n°5, février 2020
- Amy G. MAZUR, Isabelle ENGELI Research on French Gender Equality Policies in Practice: One Step Closer to A Recipe for Success LIEPP Policy Brief n°52, mai 2021
- Amy G. MAZUR, Isabelle ENGELI Les politiques françaises d'égalité des sexes en pratique : vers la recette du succès ? LIEPP Policy Brief n°52bis, mai 2021
- Anne BORING , Jennifer BROWN Gender and Choices in Higher Education LIEPP Working Paper n°122, Juin 2021
- Clémence BERSON, Morgane LAOUENAN, Emmanuel VALAT Centraliser le recrutement, un moyen efficace de prévention des discriminations ? LIEPP Policy Brief n°49, Février 2021