Type
Article
Title
Better residential than ethnic discrimination! Reconciling audit’s and interview findings in the Parisian housing market
In
Urban studies
Editor
GB : SAGE Publications
Volume
53
Number
13
Pages
2815 - 2833 p.
ISSN
00420980
DOI
10.1177/0042098015596107
Keywords
audit, discrimination, housing, interviews
Abstract
EN
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.

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