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Are black neighborhoods less welcoming to homosexuals than white neighborhoods?

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

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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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  • Christafore, David & Leguizamon, J. Sebastian & Leguizamon, Susane, 2013. "Are black neighborhoods less welcoming to homosexuals than white neighborhoods?," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(4), pages 579-589.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:43:y:2013:i:4:p:579-589
    DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2013.02.006
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    1. Leguizamon, Sebastian & Leguizamon, Susane & Christafore, David, 2013. "Education, race and revealed attitudes towards homosexual couples," MPRA Paper 47068, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. repec:spr:anresc:v:59:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s00168-017-0835-4 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Prejudice; Housing; Same-sex couples; Race;

    JEL classification:

    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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