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Are lesbians discriminated against in the rental housing market? Evidence from a correspondence testing experiment
Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1798-8284
School of Management and Economics, Växjö University, Sweden.
School of Management and Economics, Växjö University, Sweden.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Housing Economics, ISSN 1051-1377, E-ISSN 1096-0791, Vol. 17, no 3, 234-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a field experiment, conducted over the Internet, studying possible discrimination againstlesbians in the rentalhousing market in Sweden. We let two fictitious couples, one heterosexual and one lesbian, apply for vacant rental apartments advertised by landlords on the Internet. We then investigated whether there were differences between the couples in the number of received call-backs, invitations to further contact, and invitations to immediate showings. Our findings show no indication of differential treatment of lesbians by landlords. A discussion relating to earlier findings is provided

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Elsevier, 2008. Vol. 17, no 3, 234-238 p.
Keyword [en]
Sexual orientation; Discrimination; Field experiments; Housing market; Internet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84249DOI: 10.1016/j.jhe.2008.06.003OAI: diva2:558338
Available from: 2012-10-02 Created: 2012-10-02 Last updated: 2015-03-06

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