Now You See It, Now You Don't: Why Do Real Estate Agents Withhold Available Houses from Black Customers?

  title={Now You See It, Now You Don't: Why Do Real Estate Agents Withhold Available Houses from Black Customers?},
  author={Jan Ondrich and Stephen L. Ross and John Yinger},
  journal={Review of Economics and Statistics},
Potential home buyers may initiate contact with a real estate agent by asking to see a particular advertised house. This paper asks whether an agent's response to such a request depends on the race of the buyer or on whether the house is located in an integrated neighborhood. Like previous research about the causes of housing discrimination, this paper uses data from fair housing audits, a matched-pair technique for comparing the treatment of equally qualified black and white home buyers… Expand
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