Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Housing Discrimination and Lead Exposure

Date and Time
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Online Webinar


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Please gather your lunch and join us via Zoom on Thursday, February 25 at 12:30 p.m. EST to hear Christopher Timmins discuss how local pollution exposures disproportionately impact minority households and present work considering exposures to lead specifically. In this seminar, he will describe recent findings that discriminatory steering by property managers alone can explain a disproportionate number of minority households who are exposed to greater levels of pollution. To conduct this analysis, Timmins and colleagues used HUD’s most recent Housing Discrimination Study and micro-level data on neighborhoods in 28 US cities and the. He will also present results using novel housing discrimination data their team collected via an online correspondence experiment on a major online housing platform. This experiment tested whether housing discrimination constrains minority access to housing options in markets with significant sources of airborne chemical toxics. He will present some preliminary analysis extending this work to consider exposure to lead contamination.
This talk is occurring as part of a new project on “Understanding and Controlling Urban Soil Lead Contamination and Its Impact on Public Health” supported by the Nicholas Institute’s Catalyst Program. The Catalyst Program aims build on the Nicholas Institute’s mission by increasing engagement with Duke faculty to incubate and advance new partnerships, enhance policy-relevant knowledge, and create innovative policy solutions based on new creative synergies.

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