University of Illinois
Department of Economics
Institutional Affiliation: University of Illinois
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|February 2020||Housing Discrimination and the Toxics Exposure Gap in the United States: Evidence from the Rental Market|
with Peter Christensen, Christopher Timmins: w26805
Local pollution exposures disproportionately impact minority households, but the root causes remain unclear. This study conducts a correspondence experiment on a major online housing platform to test whether housing discrimination constrains minority access to housing options in markets with significant sources of airborne chemical toxics. We find that renters with African American or Hispanic/LatinX names are 41% less likely than renters with White names to receive responses for properties in low-exposure locations. We find no evidence of discriminatory constraints in high-exposure locations, indicating that discrimination increases relative access to housing choices at elevated exposure risk.
|September 2018||Unlocking Amenities: Estimating Public-Good Complementarity|
with David Albouy, Peter Christensen: w25107
Public goods may exhibit complementarities that are essential for determining their individual value. Our results indicate that improving safety near parks can turn them from public bads to goods. Ignoring complementarities may lead to i) undervaluing the potential value of public goods; ii) overestimating heterogeneity in preferences; and iii) understating the value of public goods to minority households. Recent reductions in crime have “unlocked” $5 billion in property value in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. Still over half of the potential value of park proximity, over $10 billion, remains locked in.
Published: David Albouy & Peter Christensen & Ignacio Sarmiento-Barbieri, 2020. "Unlocking amenities: Estimating public good complementarity," Journal of Public Economics, vol 182.