Airbnb pricing algorithm led to increased racial disparities, study finds


Low uptake of an optional pricing algorithm on Airbnb by black hosts had the effect of widening racial disparities in earnings on the platform, a new study has found. The optional "Smart Pricing" feature, which dynamically adjusts the cost of a night's stay based on current demand and allows hosts to set a minimum price, was launched in 2015 to assist users in securing more bookings.