Information and discrimination in the rental housing market: evidence from a field experiment
AbstractThis paper investigates the effect of disclosing information on the discriminatory behaviour against immigrants in the Spanish rental market. We conduct a field experiment where emails are sent showing interest on vacant rental apartments. Fictitious applicants whose names represent different ethnic groups send emails with different amount of information about their ability to pay the rent. Our results show that applicants with a Moroccan sounding name are 15 percentage points less likely to be contacted by the property owner than those with a Spanish name. We also find that revealing positive information about the socioeconomic status of the Moroccan candidate increases the probability of being contacted by 8 percentage points. However, the information revealed does not completely eliminate discriminatory behavior, suggesting the presence of negative attitudes towards immigrants.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 2009-21.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Discrimination; migration; rental market; field experiment;
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- Bosch, Mariano & Carnero, M. Angeles & Farré, Lídia, 2010. "Information and discrimination in the rental housing market: Evidence from a field experiment," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 11-19, January.
- NEP-ALL-2009-09-11 (All new papers)
- NEP-EXP-2009-09-11 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-MIG-2009-09-11 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-URE-2009-09-11 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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