Can the Government Deter Discrimination? Evidence from a Randomized Intervention in New York City

@article{Fang2019CanTG,
  title={Can the Government Deter Discrimination? Evidence from a Randomized Intervention in New York City},
  author={Albert H. Fang and Andrew Markus Guess and Macartan Humphreys},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2019},
  volume={81},
  pages={127 - 141}
}
Racial discrimination persists despite established antidiscrimination laws. A common government strategy to deter discrimination is to publicize the law and communicate potential penalties for violations. We study this strategy by coupling an audit experiment with a randomized intervention involving nearly 700 landlords in New York City and report the first causal estimates of the effect on rental discrimination against blacks and Hispanics of a targeted government messaging campaign. We… 

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