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Testing for Discrimination in Rental Markets: Experimental Evidence from the UK

Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner, Tania Oliveira () and Nikitha Rohith ()
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Nikitha Rohith: Coventry University

No 15460, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: In this paper we provide novel insights on discrimination against immigrants in the UK rental market. We conducted a randomized-controlled trial close to a real-world setting where inquiries to view a property were made via phone inquiries with rental agencies and immigration background was signalled through non-UK accents. We document substantial discrimination against non-UK applicants with non-UK applicants having a 13 percent lower chance of securing a viewing for a rental. We also document substantial heterogeneous effects, with much more pronounced effects in local areas with a lower share of immigrants. We find that the background of agency managers or the composition of agency staff does not attenuate the effects.

Keywords: discrimination; rental market; immigration; right-to-rent; UK (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 K37 R30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2022-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-exp, nep-mig and nep-ure
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