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To Combat Racial Bias by Airbnb Hosts, Try Blind Reservations
|December 10, 2015||Posted by TravelKinds.Com under General||
A new Harvard study found racial discrimination by Airbnb hosts — a poignant reminder that new technology doesn’t automatically eliminate old problems.
As Bloomberg Business reported, researchers at the Harvard Business School found that people with names that sounded African-American had a harder time booking a place to stay on Airbnb than people with names like this correspondent’s. The authors conducted a field experiment that examined 6,400 listings on Airbnb in five cities, concluding that “requests from guests with distinctively African-American names are roughly 16% less likely to be accepted than identical guests with distinctively White names.”
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Source : HuffingtonPost.Com