Better residential than ethnic discrimination! ( LIEPP Working Paper, n°38 bis)

Francois Bonnet, Etienne Lalé, Mirna Safi & Etienne Wasmer
Access to housing is difficult for minorities in France. An audit study we run in the Paris area showed that minority applicants do not face a strong disadvantage in the first step of the application; however, the fact that applicants come from a deprived area leads to more frequent unfavorable outcome (we call this residential discrimination as opposed to ethnic discrimination). The puzzle and paradox come from the fact that face-to-face interviews with real-estate agents...
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