Evidence of Own-Race Bias in Heisman Trophy Voting*

  title={Evidence of Own-Race Bias in Heisman Trophy Voting*},
  author={Nolan Kopkin},
  journal={Social Science Quarterly},
  • Nolan Kopkin
  • Published 28 November 2018
  • Economics
  • Social Science Quarterly
Objective In this article, I test for evidence of own‐race bias in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Methods To study own‐race bias in Heisman Trophy voting, I use individual vote data from Heisman voters from 2002 to 2012 and an ordered probit model with controls for player and team performance that flexibly allows votes be affected by a player's race and racial match between player and voter. Results Estimates show nonblack voters are more likely to vote for nonblack players in absolute terms… 
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