Answer to Question #49475 in Macroeconomics for Obinna
European hockey players now in the NHL have many of the same characteristics that have caused discrimination against French Canadians on teams outside of Quebec. Language problems, alleged deficiency in defensive skills, and the prospect of replacing a "local" player in the starting lineup work against both groups (Lavoie, 2000). The French Canadians additionally have to face the consequences of the political tensions caused by the separatist movement in Quebec. The European players face less political tension because the ending of the Cold War is what allowed the free movement of the Russian and Czech athletes to North America.
The wage regressions show little evidence of salary discrimination against European hockey players in the National Hockey League. A 14-15% pay reduction for European players on English Canadian teams is only significant at a 10% level, but these coefficients lose statistical significance altogether when the sample is divided by position.
So, we can agree with NHL that this finding is meaningless.
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