Racial Rent Differences in U.S. Housing Markets: Evidence from the Housing Voucher Program

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Dirk W. Early

Southwestern University - Department of Economics and Business

Paul E. Carrillo

George Washington University - Department of Economics

Edgar O. Olsen

University of Virginia - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2019

Abstract

This paper exploits an unusually rich data set to estimate racial differences in the rents paid for identical housing in the same neighborhood in U.S. housing markets and to show how they vary with neighborhood racial composition. Results suggest that black households pay more for identical housing in identical neighborhoods than their white counterparts and that this rent gap increases with the fraction of the neighborhood white. In neighborhoods with the smallest fraction white, the premium is about 0.6%. In neighborhoods with the largest fraction white, it is about 2.4%. This pattern holds across different types of areas.

Keywords: housing discrimination, racial discrimination, racial price differences, racial rent differences

Suggested Citation

Early, Dirk W. and Carrillo, Paul E. and Olsen, Edgar O., Racial Rent Differences in U.S. Housing Markets: Evidence from the Housing Voucher Program (September 2019). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 59, Issue 4, pp. 669-700, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3611106 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jors.12422

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