HOMEOWNERSHIP AND HOUSING TRANSITIONS: EXPLAINING THE DEMOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION

Eunseong Ma, Sarah Zubairy

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Abstract

We document the evolution of homeownership rate across various age groups for the period 1995–2015. We find that variations in the homeownership rates are relatively large for the young, which is mostly driven by renter-to-owner transitions. In order to explain these empirical facts, we consider a life-cycle model featuring housing tenure decisions. Housing is modeled as an indivisible and lumpy investment subject to both loan-to-value (LTV) and debt-to-income (DTI) credit constraints and transaction fees. Our analysis suggests that variations in the DTI limit play a crucial role in accounting for the uneven behavior across age groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-638
Number of pages40
JournalInternational Economic Review
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 May

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© (2020) by the Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics

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