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Measuring Racial Discrimination in American Housing Markets: The Housing Market Practices Survey



Release Date: 
April 1979 (343 pages)
Posted Date:   
April 16, 2021



This historic report is part one of the Housing Market Practices Survey, a nationwide study to measure the nature and extent of discrimination against African Americans in U.S. housing markets and determine what factors influence this discrimination. The data for this report was gathered in 1977 by matched-pair teams of 300 Black and 300 white housing seekers, who responded to newspaper advertisements for rental or sale housing in 40 metropolitan areas across the country and relayed their experiences to researchers. This report describes the study's findings regarding extent and types of discrimination discovered.


This report is part of the collection of scanned historical documents available to the public.