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Housing Tenure and Wealth Distribution in Life Cycle Economies

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  • Silos Pedro

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)

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Common practice in the housing and wealth distribution literature has proceeded as if the modeling of housing rental markets was unnecessary due to renters' relative low levels of wealth and the smaller fraction they represent in the total population. This paper shows, however, that their inclusion matters substantially when dealing with wealth concentration over the life-cycle. Renters are concentrated in the poorer and younger groups and when matching the data on wealth inequality by age groups, the model improves relative to a one asset economy and relative to a housing model with no rental markets.

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Volume (Year): 7 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (August)
Pages: 1-24

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Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejmac:v:7:y:2007:i:1:n:27

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  1. Modibo Sidibe, 2012. "The Contribution of Housing to the Dynamics of Inequalities," Working Papers 2012-08, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
  2. Sang-Wook Stanley Cho, 2007. "Household Wealth Accumulation and Portfolio Choices in Korea," Discussion Papers 2007-26, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.
  3. Sang-Wook Stanley Cho & Johanna Francis, 2008. "Tax Treatment of Owner Occupied Housing and Wealth Inequality," Fordham Economics Discussion Paper Series dp2008-17, Fordham University, Department of Economics.
  4. MacGee, James C., 2006. "Land Titles, Credit Markets and Wealth Distributions," Working Paper Series RP2006/150, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  5. Silos, Pedro, 2007. "Housing, portfolio choice and the macroeconomy," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 31(8), pages 2774-2801, August.
  6. Cho, Sang-Wook (Stanley), 2012. "Accounting For Life-Cycle Wealth Accumulation: The Role Of Housing Institution," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 16(04), pages 493-517, September.
  7. Fernández-Villaverde, Jesús & Krueger, Dirk, 2011. "Consumption And Saving Over The Life Cycle: How Important Are Consumer Durables?," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 15(05), pages 725-770, November.

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