90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Study: Blacks, Hispanics Pay More For Homes

A "Sold" sign is posted outside a home in Indianapolis, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (Michael Conroy/AP)

A “Sold” sign is posted outside a home in Indianapolis, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (Michael Conroy/AP)

A new study out of Duke University finds that black and Hispanic home buyers are paying up to 3.5 percent more than white home buyers for comparable homes.

Researchers looked at two million home sales from 1990 to 2008.

The study’s senior author, Patrick Bayer, says it’s not clear why minority home buyers are paying more.

One possible explanation could be that a larger percentage of black and Hispanic home buyers are new to the market, and as a result may not be experienced in negotiating the price.

Guest:

  • Patrick Bayer, department chair and professor of economics at Duke University. He’s also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

September 18 Comment

Terry Gilliam Goes Back To The Dystopian Future

Terry Gilliam's new film, "The Zero Theorem" will be familiar to his fans.

September 18 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: Kansas’ ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’

"Space age pop" and "incredibly strange music" are the songs of the day on this installment of the DJ Sessions.

September 17 21 Comments

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

The XL-1 can get 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance.

September 17 40 Comments

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.