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Housing tenure choice and the dual income household

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    Housing tenure choice has been the subject of a very large literature. Many treatments have sought to estimate the effect of household income on the likelihood of home ownership. To date, no study has ever disaggregated the household income of married couples into the separate labor income components to see if one partner's income has a different effect than the other. Using a derived likelihood function to control for censoring in the wife's income, this paper estimates the effect of separate incomes on housing tenure choice, accounting for possible endogeneity of the wife's income. To compare the results of this estimation method, the paper also estimates the standard IV models, 2SLS and IV probit. While the results show that there is no endogeneity of the wife's income, ignoring the censoring of the endogenous variable (when a large fraction of observations are censored) can possibly lead to biased coefficient estimates. Also, this paper confirms the importance of total household income, which has a larger effect than the total disaggregated components.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Housing Economics.

    Volume (Year): 20 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 159-170

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jhouse:v:20:y:2011:i:3:p:159-170

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    Keywords: Tenure choice Maximum likelihood Instrumental variables;

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