Ethnic and gender discrimination in the private rental housing market in Finland: A field experiment.

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Source
PLoS One. 2017;12(8):e0183344
Publication Type
Article
Date
2017
Author
Annamaria Öblom
Jan Antfolk
Source
PLoS One. 2017;12(8):e0183344
Date
2017
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Ethnic Groups
Female
Finland
Housing - statistics & numerical data - supply & distribution
Humans
Male
Racism - psychology - statistics & numerical data
Sexism - psychology - statistics & numerical data
Abstract
Ethnic and gender discrimination in a variety of markets has been documented in several populations. We conducted an online field experiment to examine ethnic and gender discrimination in the private rental housing market in Finland. We sent 1459 inquiries regarding 800 apartments. We compared responses to standardized apartment inquiries including fictive Arabic-sounding, Finnish-sounding or Swedish-sounding female or male names. We found evidence of discrimination against Arabic-sounding names and male names. Inquiries including Arabic-sounding male names had the lowest probability of receiving a response, receiving a response to about 16% of the inquiries made, while Finnish-sounding female names received a response to 42% of the inquires. We did not find any evidence of the landlord's gender being associated with the discrimination pattern. The findings suggest that both ethnic and gender discrimination occur in the private rental housing market in Finland.
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