Sorting or Steering: The Effects of Housing Discrimination on Neighborhood Choice

  title={Sorting or Steering: The Effects of Housing Discrimination on Neighborhood Choice},
  author={Peter Ove Christensen and Christopher D. Timmins},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={2110 - 2163}
Growing evidence indicates that neighborhoods affect human capital accumulation, raising concern that the exclusionary effects of housing discrimination could contribute to persistent inequality in the United States. Using data from HUD’s most recent Housing Discrimination Study and microlevel data on neighborhood attributes in 28 US cities, we find that minorities are steered toward neighborhoods with less economic opportunity and greater exposures to crime and pollution. Holding preferences… 

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