Do real estate brokers choose to discriminate? Evidence from the 1989 housing discrimination study

Jan Ondrich, Alex Stricker, John Yinger

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Abstract

Discrimination is systematic unfavorable treatment based solely on group membership. This study focuses on racial and ethnic discrimination in qualitative actions by real estate brokers, such as showing an advertised house, based on 2000 audits conducted in 1989. Each audit consists of a visit to a broker by a white person and a black or Hispanic person with equal qualifications. The audit data are used to measure the incidence of discrimination and to test hypotheses about its causes. The results reveal widespread discrimination and indicate that brokers discriminate based on personal prejudice and the prejudice of white clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-901
Number of pages22
JournalSouthern Economic Journal
Volume64
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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