Moving to a Job: The Role of Home Equity, Debt, and Access to Credit
AbstractUsing credit report data from two of the three major credit bureaus in the United States, we infer with high certainty whether households move to other labor markets defined by metropolitan areas. We estimate how moving patterns relate to labor market conditions, personal credit, and homeownership using panel regressions with fixed effects which control for all constant individual-specific traits. We interpret the patterns through simulations of a dynamic model of consumption, housing, and location choice. We find that homeowners with negative home equity move more than other homeowners, in particular when local unemployment growth is high---overall, negative home equity is not an important barrier to labor mobility.
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- Yuliya Demyanyk & Dmytro Hryshko & María José Luengo Luengo-Prado & Bent Sorensen, 2013. "Moving to a job: The role of home equity, debt, and access to credit," Working Paper 1305, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
- D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
- E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomics: Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
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- NEP-ALL-2013-09-26 (All new papers)
- NEP-MAC-2013-09-26 (Macroeconomics)
- NEP-MIG-2013-09-26 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-URE-2013-09-26 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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