- Written by The Skanner
CORVALLIS—What's in a name? Maybe plenty if you want to rent an apartment.
An Oregon State University survey found that an ethnic-sounding name can be a factor in whether an applicant gets an apartment.
The study, co-authored by William Loges, an OSU assistant professor in new media communications and sociology, sought and found differences in replies to online housing inquiries from people with names associated with Caucasians, Arabs and Blacks.