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Ethnic discrimination in the London market for shared housing
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5620-4745
Uppsala universitet.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Finding housing in London is a major challenge for many people. Therefore, it has become increasingly common to share an apartment or a house with others. Shared accommodation clearly has the potential to mitigate some of the negative consequences that the housing shortage has created. However, studies of housing markets in other countries suggest that ethnic discrimination is common and, thus, a policy-relevant question is if shared accommodation is equally available to everyone. In this paper, we study discrimination in the market for shared accommodation against four of the most important ethnic minorities in London: people with Eastern European, Indian, Black African and Arabic backgrounds. To this end, we conducted a field experiment where we e-mailed applications, with a randomly assigned name signalling ethnicity, to more than 5,000 room advertisers. Our main finding is that ethnic discrimination is widespread against all the ethnic minorities that we consider: The situation is worst for applicants with an Arabic background, while applicants with an Eastern European background are least affected and applicants with a Black African or Indian background are found somewhere in-between. Moreover, our results suggest that ethnic discrimination may reinforce the ethnic concentration in London, where ethnic minorities tend to live in certain areas and often separated from the ethnic majority. Finally, our results indicate that – at least a portion of – the discrimination that we find is statistical discrimination.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keywords [en]
Ethnic discrimination, Field experiment, Ethnic minority, Housing market, Shared accommodation
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economy, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31080OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-31080DiVA, id: diva2:677197
Conference
Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers, London, April 10-13, 2013
Available from: 2013-12-09 Created: 2013-12-09 Last updated: 2015-01-16Bibliographically approved

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