Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2017 Matthew Swift
Using data from the 2014-2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) seasons, this paper finds evidence for nationality discrimination in the MLS. In particular, foreign players receive a wage premium of 15.97 percent, ceteris paribus. Foreign players also receive an additional bump in their salary based on performance. Finally, using an Oaxaca (1973) decomposition, I find that 22-26% of the differences in wages between foreign and domestic players is largely due to discrimination.
Swift, Matthew, "Testing for Nationality Discrimination in Major League Soccer" (2017). CMC Senior Theses. 1687.