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

Francois Bonnet, Etienne Lale, Mirna Safi, Etienne Wasmer

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Abstract

This article investigates discrimination and the interplay of residential and ethnic stigma on the French housing market using two different methods: paired-testing audit study of real-estate agencies and face-to-face interviews with real-estate agents. Findings lead to a paradox: interviews reveal high levels of ethnic discrimination but little to no 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 (signalled by the candidate’s name) has no significant discriminatory effect. We have three priors potentially consistent with this apparent paradox and re-evaluate their likelihood in light of these findings: (1) agents make use of any statistical information about insolvency, including residency; (2) there are two distinct and independent taste discriminations, one about space and one about ethnicity; (3) these two dimensions exist and complement each other.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2815-2833
Number of pages19
JournalUrban Studies
Volume53
Issue number13
Early online date28 Jul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Audit
  • Discrimination
  • Neighbourhood Effects
  • Housing
  • Paris
  • Sociology

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