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Why Has Home Ownership Fallen Among The Young?

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  • Jonas D. M. Fisher
  • Martin Gervais

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We document that home ownership of households with 'heads' aged 25-44 years fell substantially between 1980 and 2000 and recovered only partially during the 2001-2005 housing boom. The 1980-2000 decline in young home ownership occurred as improvements in mortgage opportunities made it easier to purchase a home. This paper uses an equilibrium life-cycle model calibrated to micro and macro evidence to understand why young home ownership fell over a period when it became easier to own a home. Our findings indicate that a trend toward marrying later and the increase in household earnings risk that occurred after 1980 account for 3/5 to 4/5 of the decline in young home ownership.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association in its journal International Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 52 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (08)
Pages: 883-912

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Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:52:y:2011:i:3:p:883-912

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  2. Mennuni, Alessandro & Gervais, Martin, 2014. "Optimal fiscal policy in the neoclassical growth model revisited," Discussion Paper Series In Economics And Econometrics 1406, Economics Division, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton.
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