Economists frequently study the determinants of baseball players’ wages. Researchers usually control for measures of productivity such as the player's batting average, home runs, and runs batted in, education, age, and experience. This study differs from standard studies in that it considers players’ country of origin in the 1920s and 1930s, years before Jackie Robinson’s debut. It uses information on player productivity from Baseball-Reference.com, player salary information from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (graciously shared by its compiler), and information on college attendance provided by Who's Who in Baseball (held at the Joyce Sports Collection, Notre Dame University). It concludes that although there is documented evidence of racial discrimination against Latinos, the discrimination probably did not take the form of lower salaries.
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"Latinos in the Major Leagues from 1920 to 1939: A Human Capital Approach,"
Major Themes in Economics, 17, 1-15.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/mtie/vol17/iss1/3