Washington Post: Airbnb benefits local economies. But mainly in white neighborhoods, study finds.

Washington Post, July 11, 2019: Airbnb benefits local economies. But mainly in white neighborhoods, study finds.

 
The study found that users of the home sharing platform generally eat in the neighborhood restaurants near where they are staying. However the spillover effect does not hold true when 50 percent or more of a neighborhood’s residents are black or Hispanic.

“Airbnb has made repeated claims that it helps the local economy in black neighborhoods, especially in New York City,” said Mohammad Rahman, a professor at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management who specializes in the digital economy and big data. “We do not find any evidence of that economic spillover effect in restaurant employment.”

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