Cybersegregation: Is Neil a More Desirable Tenant than Tyrone or Jorge?

September 1, 2008

Funding:  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Through the University at Albany, State University of New York)

Summary: Racial and ethnic minorities encounter unlawful discrimination approximately one out of every five times they inquire about renting a home.  Such practices deny the targeted victims access to decent schools, safe streets, good jobs and many other public and private amenities which has direct impacts on their health. We propose to use the audit methodology whereby equally qualified applicants, one with a distinctively black sounding name, one with a Hispanic name, and the other a white name, respond via e-mail to a random sample of ads placed by a major electronic listing service in two major metropolitan areas, Boston, MA and Dallas, TX, to see if the name affects services provided, a virtually untested domain of the housing market.

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Gregory Squires


Cybersegregation in Boston and Dallas: Is Neil a More Desirable Tenant than Tyrone or Jorge?

April 01, 2010