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Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

, Volume 144, Issue 4, pp 703–730 | Cite as

Do Foreigners Pay Higher Rents for the Same Quality of Housing in Geneva and Zurich?

  • Andrea Baranzini
  • Caroline Schaerer
  • José V. Ramirez
  • Philippe Thalmann
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Summary

The Geneva and Zurich housing markets are characterised by high proportions of foreigners and a large share of rental housing. This provides ideal conditions for testing whether foreigners pay more for the same quality of housing than Swiss households and whether flats in neighbourhoods with higher proportions of foreigners rent at a discount. Hedonic price equations using a rich dataset on dwellings and their occupants yield evidence of such discrimination and prejudice. They also suggest more complex relationships between tenant nationality, housing and neighbourhood quality, and rents.

Keywords

housing market rental market hedonic model discrimination prejudice 

JEL-Classification

R31 R52 D63 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Baranzini
    • 1
  • Caroline Schaerer
    • 1
  • José V. Ramirez
    • 1
  • Philippe Thalmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Geneva School of Business Administration (HEG-Ge), Center for Applied Research in Management (CRAG)University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO)Carouge, GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Research Group on the Economics and Management of the Environment (REME)Swiss Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

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