Mortgage lending in Chicago and Los Angeles: A paired testing study of the pre-application process

Stephen L. Ross, Margery Austin Turner, Erin Godfrey, Robin R. Smith

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Abstract

In 2000, the Urban Institute paired African-American and Hispanic testers with whites and sent the pairs to visit lenders in Chicago and Los Angeles, in order to inquire about information on obtaining a home mortgage. In Chicago, African Americans and Hispanics systematically received less information and assistance than comparable whites; while in Los Angeles, the treatment of minority and white testers did not differ statistically from each other. Multivariate analyses for Chicago indicate that large lenders treat minorities more favorably than smaller lenders and that lenders with substantial numbers of applications from African-Americans treat African-Americans more favorably than lenders with predominantly white application pools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)902-919
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Urban Economics
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • Discrimination
  • Fair lending
  • Mortgage lending
  • Paired testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Urban Studies

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