Can the Sharing Economy Root Out Racism?

CityLab – November 29, 2016

Back in September, the online crib-sharing platform Airbnb confessed that it has been slow to address complaints of discrimination against black and Latino would-be renters and released a slate of new policies to remedy the problem. These remedies haven’t been in place long enough to determine whether they are up to the task. However, Boston University economist Ray Fisman and Harvard University business professor Michael Luca have identified one area where Airbnb’s anti-discrimination proposals fall short: the collection and disclosure of data on the race and gender of its users.


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