Salaries and Race in Professional Baseball: The Hispanic Component

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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This study replicated Christiano’s inquiry on race and salaries in major league baseball in 1987. However, instead of merely dichotomizing the independent variable into black and white, the data were trichotomized into white, black, and Hispanic categories. Unstandardized regression coefficients (after disaggregating the observations by race / ethnicity, position, and free agency status) revealed several instances of salary inequities but no systematic patterning. The conclusion: The salaries of baseball players varying in race / ethnicity were not consistently different even while holding other theoretically relevant variables constant.

Direct all correspondence to Wilbert M. Leonard II, Department of Sociology, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761.
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