“It's fundamentally unfair somebody would get information about fewer homes and apartments just because of the color of their skin. But it also really raises the cost of housing search for minorities and it restricts the housing choices available to them,” Turner said.
Donovan added that discrimination affects minorities' ability to move to communities with better schools, denying their children the best education; to move to safer neighborhoods; and to relocate to an area with job openings, thus affecting financial security.
Turner said paired testing can't capture all the forms of discrimination that might occur. Also because testers presented themselves as unambiguously well qualified for the apartments, the results don't reflect the average minority home seeker. The study's findings may understate the level of discrimination, she said.