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Can discrimination in the housing market be reduced by increasing the information about the applicants?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics. (Nationalekonomi)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics. (Nationalekonomi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0702-5564
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics. (Nationalekonomi)
2010 (English)In: Land Economics, ISSN 0023-7639, E-ISSN 1543-8325, Vol. 86, no 1, p. 79-90Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [no]

We investigate how increasing the information about applicantsaffects discrimination in the rental housing market. We letfour fictitious applicants, two with typical Arab/Muslim namesand two with typical Swedish names, use application letterscontaining different amounts of information to apply for apartmentsover the Internet in Sweden. The Arab/Muslim applicants receivedfewer responses from the landlords than did the Swedish applicants.All of the applicants gained by providing more information aboutthemselves, but the amount of discrimination against the Arab/Muslimapplicants remained unchanged, indicating that increasing theamount of information about the applicants will not reduce discrimination

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2010. Vol. 86, no 1, p. 79-90
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Economics
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Economy, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-6058OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-6058DiVA, id: diva2:323629
Available from: 2010-06-11 Created: 2010-06-11 Last updated: 2019-02-26Bibliographically approved

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