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Better residential than ethnic discrimination!

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  • François Bonnet

    (Politiques publiques, ACtion politique, TErritoires)

  • Etienne Lalé

    (Department of Economics [University of Bristol])

  • Mirna Safi

    (Observatoire sociologique du changement)

  • Etienne Wasmer

    (Département d'économie)

Abstract

Access to housing is difficult for minorities in France. An audit study we run in the Paris area showed that minority applicants do not face a strong disadvantage in the first step of the application; however, the fact that applicants come from a deprived area leads to more frequent unfavorable outcome (we call this residential discrimination as opposed to ethnic discrimination). The puzzle and paradox come from the fact that face-to-face interviews with real-estate agents in the city of Paris and the Parisian region DO NOT confirm this result. If anything, all discrimi-nation arise from ethnicity and agents dis-miss residential discrimination. Our paper, forthcoming in Urban Studies, documents this contrast between quantitative and qualitative methods and proposes interpretations.

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  • François Bonnet & Etienne Lalé & Mirna Safi & Etienne Wasmer, 2015. "Better residential than ethnic discrimination!," Sciences Po publications 38 bis, Sciences Po.
  • Handle: RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/1hdh0a07a59a0r8mc7h1fpjkg6
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    1. Julie Le Gallo & Yannick L'Horty & Loïc du Parquet & Pascale Petit, 2017. "Les discriminations dans l’accès au logement en France : Un testing de couverture nationale," TEPP Research Report 2017-11, TEPP.
    2. Mathieu Bunel & Yannick L'Horty & Loïc du Parquet & Pascale Petit, 2017. "Les discriminations dans l’accès au logement à Paris : Une expérience contrôlée," TEPP Research Report 2017-01, TEPP.

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