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Subtle discrimination in the rental housing market: Evidence from e-mail correspondence with landlords

  • Hanson, Andrew
  • Hawley, Zackary
  • Taylor, Aryn

We find that landlords practice subtle discrimination in the rental housing market through the use of language associated with describing and viewing a unit, inviting further correspondence, making a formal greeting, and using polite language when replying to e-mail inquiries from a white name more often than to an African American name, they also send longer e-mails and respond quicker to white names.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Housing Economics.

Volume (Year): 20 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 276-284

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhouse:v:20:y:2011:i:4:p:276-284
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