Better residential than ethnic discrimination! Reconciling audit and interview findings in the Parisian housing market

Francois Bonnet, Etienne Lalé, Mirna Safi, Etienne Wasmer

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Abstract

This article investigates discrimination and the interplay of residential and ethnic stigma on the French housing market using two different methods: paired-testing audit study of real-estate agencies and face-to-face interviews with real-estate agents. Findings lead to a paradox: interviews reveal high levels of ethnic discrimination but little to no residential discrimination, while the audit study shows that living in deprived suburbs is associated with a lower probability of obtaining an appointment for a housing vacancy but ethnic origin (signalled by the candidate’s name) has no significant discriminatory effect. We have three priors potentially consistent with this apparent paradox and re-evaluate their likelihood in light of these findings: (1) agents make use of any statistical information about insolvency, including residency; (2) there are two distinct and independent taste discriminations, one about space and one about ethnicity; (3) these two dimensions exist and complement each other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2815-2833
Number of pages19
JournalUrban Studies
Volume53
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Paris
  • audit
  • discrimination
  • housing
  • interviews
  • sociology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies

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