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Rental Housing Discrimination and the Persistence of Ethnic Enclaves

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  • Bosch, Mariano

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    (Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Carnero, M. Angeles

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    (Universidad de Alicante)

  • Farré, Lídia

    ()
    (IAE Barcelona (CSIC))

Abstract

We conduct a field experiment to show that discrimination in the rental market represents a significant obstacle for the geographical assimilation process by immigrants. We employ the Internet platform to identify vacant rental apartments in different areas of the two largest Spanish cities, Madrid and Barcelona. We send emails showing interest in the apartments and signal the applicants' ethnicity by using native and foreign-sounding names. We find that, in line with previous studies, immigrants face a differential treatment when trying to rent an apartment. Our results also indicate that this negative treatment varies considerably with the concentration of immigrants in the area. In neighborhoods with a low presence of immigrants the response rate is 30 percentage points lower for immigrants than for natives, while this differential disappears when the immigration share reaches 50%. We conclude that discriminatory practices in the rental housing market contribute to perpetuate the ethnic spatial segregation observed in large cities.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5583.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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  1. Verena Dill & Uwe Jirjahn & Georgi Tsertsvadze, 2011. "Residential Segregation and Immigrants' Satisfaction with the Neighborhood in Germany," Research Papers in Economics 2011-08, University of Trier, Department of Economics.
  2. Verena Dill & Uwe Jirjahn, 2011. "Ethnic Residential Segregation and Immigrants' Perceptions of Discrimination in West Germany," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 416, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  3. de la Rica, Sara & Glitz, Albrecht & Ortega, Francesc, 2013. "Immigration in Europe: Trends, Policies and Empirical Evidence," IZA Discussion Papers 7778, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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