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New research reveals 'ethnic price gap' for Airbnb rentals

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New research reveals 'ethnic price gap' for Airbnb rentals

Renting out rooms on Airbnb has become a reliable income stream for home-owners across the world, but according to a new study released today, hosts from ethnic minority groups may receive less money for their listings than other hosts.

The report, entitled Let's Stay Together? Combating discrimination on Airbnb, is published by the Social Market Foundation and uses analysis from the University of Warwick’s CAGE research centre. It reveals that people from ethnic minorities who list their property on the accommodation sharing platform have a per-night price which is on average 3.5% lower than those for non-minority hosts with equivalent properties. This figure rises to 6% for London listings specifically, which account for 10% of the study’s sample.

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