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Financial Market Imperfections and Home Ownership: A Comparative Study

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We explore the determinants of the international pattern of homeownership using the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS), a collection of microeconomic data on fourteen OECD countries. In most of these countries the cross-section is repeated over time. This allows us to construct a truly unique international dataset on over 400,000 households. The dataset also includes selected demographic variables (carefully matched between the different surveys). After controlling for individual-country effects, cohort effects and calendar time effects, we find strong evidence that different downpayment ratios affect the age-profile of housing tenure, particularly for the young.

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 44.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2000
Date of revision: 01 Dec 2000
Publication status: Published in European Economic Review, October 2003, vol. 47, issue 5, pages 857-875
Handle: RePEc:sef:csefwp:44

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