Debiasing Discriminators: Evidence from the Introduction of Neutral Umpires

35 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020

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A. Fernando

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics

Siddharth George

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 21, 2020

Abstract

This paper shows that decision-makers are less biased in the presence of a neutral colleague. We com- pile data on umpiring decisions from international cricket matches and analyze reforms which mandated the introduction of neutral umpires. Prior to the reforms, both on-field umpires are from the host country and make more discretionary calls against the foreign team. Requiring one of the two on-field umpires to be from a neutral country eliminates this bias. Host country umpires are less partial toward the home team when paired with a neutral umpire. Collectively, our results suggest that social pressure from colleagues can discipline discriminators.

Keywords: Discrimination, Referees, Career Concerns, Neutrality, Cricket

JEL Classification: J71, J15, K42

Suggested Citation

Fernando, A. and George, Siddharth, Debiasing Discriminators: Evidence from the Introduction of Neutral Umpires (May 21, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3620043 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3620043

A. Fernando (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

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Siddharth George

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