Field Experiment Tests for Discrimination against Hispanics in the U.S. Rental Housing Market

Hanson, Andrew; Santas†, Michael
July 2014
Southern Economic Journal;Jul2014, Vol. 81 Issue 1, p135
Academic Journal
This article tests for discrimination against Hispanics in the U.S. rental housing market using e-mail correspondence with landlords advertising units online. We divide Hispanics into two groups: those that appear assimilated into American culture and recent immigrants. We find little difference in the treatment of assimilated Hispanics and whites; however, Hispanics we portray as recent immigrants receive less favorable treatment with margins of net discrimination as large as 6.89% of landlords. We also find discrimination varies significantly at the region level and by the ethnic composition of neighborhoods.


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