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Mortgages, immigrants and discrimination: An analysis of the interest rates in Spain

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  • Diaz-Serrano, Luis
  • Raya, Josep M.

In this paper, we use a unique data set on granted mortgages to investigate whether immigrant and native borrowers are treated differently by lenders in the Spanish mortgage market. We observe that immigrant borrowers are charged substantially higher interest rates in their mortgages than their native counterparts. These differentials remain high and significant even after controlling for differences in creditworthiness and other factors. Further analyses based on the decomposition of the native–immigrant interest rate gap reveal that the differences in observable factors only account for 12% of the gap. The empirical evidence we find here suggests that these differentials are due to discrimination.

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

Volume (Year): 45 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 22-32

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Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:45:y:2014:i:c:p:22-32
DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2013.12.004
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