Airbnb hosts found to discriminate against guests with ‘black’ names
SAN FRANCISCO -- Airbnb hosts are less likely to rent to guests with African American sounding names, according to a new Harvard study. The new study created 20 fake Airbnb profiles with stereotypically sounding black and white names. The researchers then sent inquiries to around 6,400 listings in major US cities. Hosts agreed to rent to the fictional profiles with white-sounding names 50% of the time, but only rented to profiles with black-sounding names 42% of the time.