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Ethnic and Gender Discrimination in the Rental Housing Market: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Ireland.
Access to housing is recognised as one of the fundamental human rights by the United Nations international bodies and national legislation in Europe. However, there is consistent evidence of discrimination against ethnic minorities in the housing market. No such study has been carried out in Ireland. This paper presents the results of the first field experiment on ethnic discrimination in the rental housing market in Ireland. In addition, it is one of the few studies, in the European context, to consider ethnic discrimination against European and non-European migrants. The experimental design involved creating six fictitious applicants with different ethnic (Irish, Polish and Nigerian) and gender names. These applicants applied for vacant rental apartments advertised online. The study examines the extent of ethnic discrimination in the Irish context and the likelihood of being invited to view an apartment based on one’s ethnicity and gender.

Feb 4, 2021 01:00 PM in Dublin

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