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Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports

An official journal of the American Statistical Association

Editor-in-Chief: Steve Rigdon, PhD

4 Issues per year

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Volume 4, Issue 2


Volume 1 (2005)

Racial Bias in the NBA: Implications in Betting Markets

Tim Larsen / Joe Price / Justin Wolfers
Published Online: 2008-04-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1559-0410.1112

Recent studies have documented the existence of an own-race bias on the part of sports officials. In this paper we explore the implications of these biases on betting markets. We use data from the 1991/92 - 2004/05 NBA regular seasons to show that a betting strategy exploiting own-race biases by referees would systematically beat the spread.

Keywords: betting markets; basketball; own-race bias

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Published Online: 2008-04-28

Citation Information: Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Volume 4, Issue 2, ISSN (Online) 1559-0410, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1559-0410.1112.

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