Abstract: It is known that the technology industry is challenged with issues of diversity. While women held 57% of professional occupations in 2015, they only held 25% of computing positions. These percentages are even lower for people of color. It is also known that companies with a diverse workforce perform better financially,demonstrate superior team performance, and produce teams that are more likely to stay on schedule and under budget. In this work, I seek to understand the consequences of being an underrepresented person in a workforce. I model this issue as a coalitional game and use simulations in order to compute the expected reward for accurately, over, and underrepresented players. I find that small coalitions with great diversity have the greatest payout, and the social and philosophical implications of this finding is discussed.

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