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Can discrimination in the housing market be reduced by increasing the information about the applicants?
Växjö University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1798-8284
Växjö University, Sweden.
Växjö University, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Land Economics, ISSN 0023-7639, E-ISSN 1543-8325, Vol. 86, no 1, 79-90 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigate how increasing the information about applicants affects discrimination in the rental housing market. We let four fictitious applicants, two with typical Arab/Muslim names and two with typical Swedish names, use application letters containing different amounts of information to apply for apartments over the Internet in Sweden. The Arab/Muslim applicants received fewer responses from the landlords than did the Swedish applicants. All of the applicants gained by providing more information about themselves, but the amount of discrimination against the Arab/Muslim applicants remained unchanged, indicating that increasing the amount of information about the applicants will not reduce discrimination.

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University of Wisconsin Press, 2010. Vol. 86, no 1, 79-90 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88034OAI: diva2:601386
Available from: 2013-01-29 Created: 2013-01-29 Last updated: 2015-03-06

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