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Suggested Citation: National Research Council (2002) Measuring Housing Discrimination in a National Study: Report of a Workshop. Committee on National Statistics. Angela Williams Foster, Faith Mitchell, Stephen E. Fienberg, Editors. Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
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COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL STATISTICS 2000-2001
JOHN E. ROLPH (Chair), Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
JOSEPH G. ALTONJI, Department of Economics, Northwestern University
LAWRENCE D. BROWN, Department of Statistics, University of Pennsylvania
JULIE DAVANZO, RAND, Santa Monica, California
WILLIAM F. EDDY, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University
ROBERT M. GROVES, Joint Program in Survey Methodology, University of Maryland, College Park
JOEL HOROWITZ, Department of Economics, University of Iowa
HERMANN HABERMANN, Statistics Division, United Nations, New York
WILLIAM D. KALSBEEK, Survey Research Unit, Department of Biostatistics, University of North Carolina
RODERICK J.A. LITTLE, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
THOMAS A. LOUIS, RAND, Arlington, VA
DARYL PREGIBON, AT&T Laboratories-Research, Florham Park, New Jersey
FRANCISCO J. SAMANIEGO, Division of Statistics, University of California, Davis
RICHARD L. SCHMALENSEE, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ANDREW A. WHITE, Director
This report summarizes the main points made at a workshop held September 22-23, 2000, to review the design plan for a national study to measure discrimination in housing. The Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council convened the workshop in response to a request from the Office of Policy Development and Research of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The workshop discussions encompassed a critique of the methods to be used for the national study, as well as the issues of how to define and measure discrimination. In addition to contributing to HUD's work, it is hoped that this report will advance thinking about methods for assessing discrimination, whether in housing or in other areas.
The workshop was chaired by Stephen E. Fienberg, Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science, Carnegie Mellon University, and overseen by a subcommittee of the Committee on National Statistics comprising Joseph Altonji, Department of Economics, Northwestern University; Roderick Little, School of Public Health, University of Michigan; and Charles Manski, Department of Economics, Northwestern University. The editors would like to thank the presenters for their contributions to the discussion. They include Joseph Altonji, Lawrence Bobo, Nancy Denton, Arthur Goldberger, Tom Jabine, Sanders Korenman, Tom Louis, Charles Manski, Susan Murphy, Steve Ross, Rob Santos, Gregory Squires, Margery Turner, and Min Zhou. In addition, George Galster participated in an earlier planning meeting that helped set the stage for the
workshop. The editors also thank HUD for its sponsorship of the workshop, and for its patience in awaiting this final report. A full list of the workshop participants, with their affiliations, is provided in Appendix C.
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.
We thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report: Mary Frances Berry, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, and chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Xavier de Souza Briggs, JFK School of Government, Harvard University; Alicia H. Munnell, Carroll School of Management, Boston College; William Rodgers, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary; and David R. Williams, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Eugene Hammel, Department of Demography, University of California at Berkeley. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
Angela Williams Foster, Faith Mitchell, and Stephen E. Fienberg, Editors