REVIEW OF FINANCIAL STUDIES2019-10
Agarwal, Sumit | Choi, Hyun-Soo | He, Jia | Sing, Tien Foo
This paper investigates the role of ethnic matching between buyers and sellers in Singapore's public housing market. We find that sellers sell homes in blocks with a high concentration of their own (other) ethnic group(s) at significant premiums (discounts). Chinese sellers earn 1.7% higher premiums when selling homes to Chinese buyers in high Chinese concentrations housing blocks, but Malay sellers accept 1.6% discounts from Malay buyers in the same blocks. We find that the high volume of within-ethnicity transactions with the price discounts is supported by the ethnic social networks, that is, through ethnicity-specialized real estate agents.