New Study Finds Bias Against Black and Latino Rental Applicants

A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found landlords are less likely to respond to applicants with Black- and Latino-sounding names when renting properties. Researchers tracked interactions between property managers and fictious renters with names and found that white-sounding names received a 60 percent response rate, compared with a 54 percent and 57 percent response rate for those with Black- and Latino-sounding names. The persistent bias against renters of color contributes to rising residential segregation and can have a critical impact on residential location choices and access to opportunity, according to the paper.

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