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Alexandre Flage
''Discrimination against same-sex couples in the rental housing market, a meta-analysis.''
( 2021, Vol. 41 No.2 )
This article presents the findings of the first meta-analysis on sexual orientation discrimination in the rental housing market. Data are collected from 11 separate testing studies conducted in 8 OECD/European countries between 2008 and 2020 and represent a total of more than 36,000 requests made to landlords. Overall, the article shows the presence of relatively weak but significant discrimination against homosexual couples in the rental housing market. However, this result need to be nuanced because there are large differences due to the gender of the homosexual couple: gay males are significantly discriminated against while lesbians are not. Finally, discrimination against homosexual applicants seem not statistical but mainly preference-based. These results are robust to the estimation methods used (random effects and unrestricted weighted least squares methods).
Keywords: Meta-analysis, discrimination, sexual orientation, rental housing market, testing, correspondence test
JEL: J7 - Labor Discrimination: General
C9 - Design of Experiments: General
Manuscript Received : Dec 01 2020 Manuscript Accepted : Apr 09 2021

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