Why Do Real Estate Brokers Continue to Discriminate? Evidence from the 2000 Housing Discrimination Study
Posted: 22 Sep 2011
Date Written: 2006
This study examines racial and ethnic discrimination in discrete choices by real estate brokers using national audit data from the 2000 Housing Discrimination Study. It uses a fixed-effects logit model to estimate the probability that discrimination occurs and to study the causes of discrimination. The data make it possible to control for auditors' actual demographic and socioeconomic characteristics and characteristics assigned for the purposes of the audit. The study finds that discrimination remains strong but has declined in both the scope and incidence since 1989. The estimations also identify both brokers' prejudice and white customers' prejudice as causes of discrimination.
Keywords: Housing discrimination, Audit, Fixed-effects logit
JEL Classification: J71, R31
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