Moving on Up : The Rooney Rule and Minority Hiring in the NFL ∗

  title={Moving on Up : The Rooney Rule and Minority Hiring in the NFL ∗},
  author={Benjamin L. Solow and John L. Solow and Todd B. Walker},
Detecting and quantifying racial discrimination in the labor market is difficult. The sports industry offers a wealth of data and specific hiring practices which mitigates this difficulty. The Rooney Rule requires National Football League teams to interview at least one minority candidate when hiring a head coach. We examine a unique data set of high-level assistant coaches (offensive and defensive coordinators) from the beginning of the 1970 season through the beginning of the 2009 season to… CONTINUE READING

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