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Testing for Discrimination in Leisure Accommodation


  • Mathieu Bunel
  • Yannick L'Horty
  • Souleymane Mbaye
  • Loic du Parquet
  • Pascale Petit


We conducted a correspondence test covering 1,433 leisure accommodation facilities (campsites, hotels and guesthouses) located in three major French tourist regions: Provence, Brittany and Loire region. Our multi-criteria experimental protocol makes it possible to test the significance and quantify the different forms of discrimination according to gender, age, ethnic origin suggested by the client's name and reputation of their neighbourhood of residence, as well as the cross effects. Overall, we find evidence of strong discrimination against clients of African origin or those residing in a deprived neighborhood. On the other hand, discrimination against young people is at a much lower level and is concentrated mainly at guesthouses. Finally, the client's gender does not seem to have a significant impact on the probability of obtaining a reservation.

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  • Mathieu Bunel & Yannick L'Horty & Souleymane Mbaye & Loic du Parquet & Pascale Petit, 2021. "Testing for Discrimination in Leisure Accommodation," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 141, pages 23-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2021:i:141:p:23-48

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    Discrimination; Field Experiment; Leisure Accommodation.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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