Guess Project Analyzes Government Strategy to Deter Housing Discrimination in NYC

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018

Andrew Guess, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and CSDP Faculty Associate, published findings and policy implications of a seven-year project: Can the Government Deter Discrimination? Evidence from a Randomized Intervention in New York City in the Journal of Politics. Guess and co-authors studied the effectiveness of publicizing antidiscrimination laws by coupling an audit experiment with a randomized intervention involving nearly 700 landlords in New York City.

They uncovered discrimination levels higher than prior estimates indicate, especially against Hispanics, and their findings confirm the persistence of such discrimination and suggest that government messaging can address it in some settings.