ERIC Number: ED182397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Measuring Racial Discrimination in American Housing Markets: The Housing Market Practices Survey.
Wienk, Ronald E.; And Others
This report of racial discrimination in housing throughout the United States measures the nature and extent of discrimination against blacks in both the sales and rental housing market. The report is based upon the findings of 300 whites and 300 blacks, working in matched pairs, who shopped for housing advertised in the newspapers of forty metropolitan areas. A systematic comparison was made of the relative treatments accorded black housing seekers and white housing seekers. Results indicate that white applicants for housing were favored more frequently on most indices of discrimination than their black counterparts. These indices of discrimination included information offered on housing availability, courteous treatment by realtors, the terms and conditions presented to applicants, and the housing information requested or volunteered by realtors. Also presented are comparisons of housing availability for the different cities surveyed, implications of the findings for policy, and a report on related analyses now in progress. Included are tables and appendices covering civil rights legislation on housing and the forms used in this project. (Author/WP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Development and Research.
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