The economic penalty of terrorism for Arab/Muslim hosts on Airbnb Paris
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Séminaire scientifique de l'OSC 2019-2020
98, rue de l'Université 75007 Paris - salle Annick Percheron
vendredi 27 septembre 2019 de 12h à 13h30
The economic penalty of terrorism for Arab/Muslim
hosts on Airbnb Paris
Ivaylo Petev (ENSAE-CREST)
with Sander Wagner (ENSAE-CREST)
The growth of the sharing economy has initiated a massive increase of economic transactions on online peer-to-peer platforms. Many such platforms depend on buyers and sellers revealing personal information to facilitate exchanges with the unintended consequence that the information may become a source for discrimination. We show evidence of substantial discrimination against Arab/Muslim guests and hosts in Airbnb’s online rental market in Paris, France. In addition, discriminatory
practices increased substantially and durably in response to large-scale, deadly terrorist attacks in November 2015. Rental properties of hosts with Arab/Muslim names lost more guests than those of French-named hosts, incurring an overall economic penalty of over 3 million US dollars.
Ivaylo Petev is CNRS Research Fellow, ENSAE-CREST-Institut Polytechnique de Paris.
Main topics and methods: Quantitative Sociology, Social Inequality, Consumption and Lifestyles, Historical and Comparative Sociology.
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