Better Residential than Ethnic Discrimination! Reconciling Audit's Findings and Interviews' Findings in the Parisian Housing Market

41 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2014 Last revised: 30 Jan 2015

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François Bonnet

CNRS, Pacte

Etienne Lalé

University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) - Université du Québec à Montréal; CIRANO; IZA

Mirna Safi

Sciences Po - Observatoire sociologique du changement (OSC)

Etienne Wasmer

Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE); Sciences Po; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: January 1, 2015

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. The juxtaposition of their findings leads to a paradox: interviews reveal high levels of ethnic discrimination but little to none 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 (signaled 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: (i) agents make use of any statistical information about insolvency, including residency; (ii) there are two distinct and independent taste discriminations, one about space and one about ethnicity; (iii) these two dimensions exist and complement each other.

Keywords: Discrimination, Neighborhood Effects, Housing Market

JEL Classification: J71, R23

Suggested Citation

Bonnet, Francois and Lalé, Etienne and Safi, Mirna and Wasmer, Etienne, Better Residential than Ethnic Discrimination! Reconciling Audit's Findings and Interviews' Findings in the Parisian Housing Market (January 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2534977 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2534977

Francois Bonnet

CNRS, Pacte ( email )

Institut d'Etudes Politiques
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Etienne Lalé (Contact Author)

University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) - Université du Québec à Montréal ( email )

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Mirna Safi

Sciences Po - Observatoire sociologique du changement (OSC) ( email )

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Etienne Wasmer

Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) ( email )

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Sciences Po

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France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

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