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Are black neighborhoods less welcoming to homosexuals than white neighborhoods?

  • Christafore, David
  • Leguizamon, J. Sebastian
  • Leguizamon, Susane

Analysts of survey data suggest that blacks are less approving of homosexuality than whites. We empirically test this hypothesis by analyzing the influence of homosexuals on house prices in neighborhoods with varying concentrations of black residents. We find that an additional homosexual couple is associated with a decrease in house prices in predominantly black neighborhoods, but an increase in house prices in predominantly white neighborhoods. Although this association is present for neighborhoods with extremely high concentrations of blacks, the net effect is positive for most neighborhood compositions.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 43 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 579-589

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