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Late starters or excluded generations? A cohort analysis of catch up in homeownership in England

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  • Renata Bottazzi

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    (University of Bologna and Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Thomas Crossley

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    (Koc University, University of Cambridge and Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Matthew Wakefield

    ()
    (Royal Holloway, University of London and Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Abstract

We investigate whether initial differences in speed of entry into homeownership lead to longlasting differences in ownership between generations. Our data span nearly forty years and multiple cycles of England’s very volatile house prices. We document that ownership rates at thirty have differed substantially, with a significant negative association with prices. To assess the persistence of these differences we use synthetic cohort methods. Measurement error problems – attenuation and other biases - complicate the analysis. Two methods of dealing with this both indicate that cohorts with low ownership rates at thirty close about 80% of the ownership gap by forty.

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Paper provided by Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum in its series Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers with number 1215.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:koc:wpaper:1215

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Keywords: homeownership; synthetic cohort data; measurement error.;

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  1. Chiuri, Maria Concetta & Jappelli, Tullio, 2001. "Financial Market Imperfections and Home Ownership: A Comparative Study," CEPR Discussion Papers 2717, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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