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Better residential than ethnic discrimination! : Reconciling audit’s and interview findings in the Parisian housing market

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Etienne Wasmer

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This article investigates discrimination and the interplay of residential and ethnic stigma on the French housing market using two different methods, paired-testing au- dit 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 po- tentially 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 comple- ment each other.
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hal-01112450 , version 1 (02-02-2015)

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François Bonnet, Etienne Lalé, Mirna Safi, Etienne Wasmer. Better residential than ethnic discrimination! : Reconciling audit’s and interview findings in the Parisian housing market. Urban Studies, 2016, 53 (13), pp.2815-2833. ⟨10.1177/0042098015596107⟩. ⟨hal-01112450⟩
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