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Can Discrimination in the Housing Market Be Reduced by Increasing the Information about the Applicants?

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  • Ali M. Ahmed
  • Lina Andersson
  • Mats Hammarstedt

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We investigate how increasing the information about applicants affects discrimination in the rental housing market. We let four fictitious applicants, two with typical Arab/Muslim names and two with typical Swedish names, use application letters containing different amounts of information to apply for apartments over the Internet in Sweden. The Arab/Muslim applicants received fewer responses from the landlords than did the Swedish applicants. All of the applicants gained by providing more information about themselves, but the amount of discrimination against the Arab/Muslim applicants remained unchanged, indicating that increasing the amount of information about the applicants will not reduce discrimination.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 86 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 79-90

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:86:y:2010:i:1:p:79-90

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