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Discrimination of Slovak people in the Prague rental housing market – A field experiment

Author: Bc. Jana Holková
Year: 2018 - summer
Leaders: Václav Korbel Ph.D.
Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 83
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Abstract: Abstract Discrimination is a broadly discussed issue. The housing market is no exception and we may observe many examples of discriminatory behaviour. Discrimina- tion in various subjects (e.g. race, gender) was a target of a large number of experiments. However, researches regarding discrimination between two nations are lacking. The thesis presents a field experiment on discrimination of Slovaks in the Prague rental housing market and further examines the effect of work- ing status on the discrimination rate. The experiment uses eight male fictitious identities which reveal their national affiliation through a language of the request (Slovak or Czech) and their names typical for Slovak and Czech nationalities. The request specifies working status of a potential tenant (student or full-time worker). Data indicates that applications in the Slovak language have about 10 percent lower chance of receiving a positive response than Czech applications, which is significant on 1 per cent level. Students compared to workers received about 6 per cent fewer invitations for a flat viewing. Even though students have slightly lower response rate than workers, the difference is insignificant. Keywords Discrimination, Housing market, Rental housing market, Field Ex- periment, Response Rate, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Internet 1




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