Housing Mobility and Downsizing at Older Ages in Britain and the United States
AbstractThis paper investigates the effects of housing price risk on housing choices over the life-cycle. Housing price risk can be substantial but, unlike other risky assets which people can avoid, the fact that most people will eventually own their home creates an insurance demand for housing assets early in life. Our contribution is to focus on the importance of home ownership and housing wealth as a hedge against future house price risk for individuals moving up the ladder – people living in places with higher housing price risk should own their first home at a younger age, should live in larger homes, and should be less likely to refinance. These predictions are tested and shown to hold using panel data from the United States and Great Britain.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5168.
Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Publication status: published in: Economica, 2011, [Early View]
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- James Banks & Richard Blundell & Zoe Oldfield & James P. Smith, 2010. "Housing Mobility and Downsizing at Older Ages in Britain and the United States," Working Papers 787, RAND Corporation Publications Department.
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- D91 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice and Growth - - - Intertemporal Consumer Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
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- NEP-AGE-2010-09-18 (Economics of Ageing)
- NEP-ALL-2010-09-18 (All new papers)
- NEP-MIG-2010-09-18 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-URE-2010-09-18 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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