Hilber, Christian A. L. and Liu, Yingchun (2007): Explaining the Black-White Homeownership Gap: The Role of Own Wealth, Parental Externalities and Locational Preferences.
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African Americans in the United States are considerably less likely to own their homes compared to Whites. Differences in household income and other socio-economic and demographic characteristics can only partially explain this gap and previous studies suggest that the ‘unexplained’ gap has increased over time. In this paper we use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) intergenerational data, which provides information on household wealth, parental characteristics and macro-location choice. We find that African-American households are 6.5 percent less likely to own if only traditional explanatory variables are controlled for. However, the black-white homeownership gap disappears if differences in own and parental wealth and in the preferred macro-location type are accounted for.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||London School of Economics|
|Original Title:||Explaining the Black-White Homeownership Gap: The Role of Own Wealth, Parental Externalities and Locational Preferences|
|Keywords:||Homeownership; housing tenure choice; location choice; wealth effects; intergenerational effects|
|Subjects:||R - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R21 - Housing Demand
R - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics > R3 - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location > R31 - Housing Supply and Markets
|Depositing User:||Christian A. L. Hilber|
|Date Deposited:||03. Oct 2007|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 16:17|
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