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Measuring Neighborhood Investments: An Examination of Community Choice

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  • Denise DiPasquale
  • Matthew E. Kahn

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Community choice is a very important household decision, since it represents an investment in community attributes that can have a significant effect on the quality of life of all household members, particularly by influencing the future prospects of children. In this paper, we examine the housing and community choices of migrants to and within Los Angeles County identified in the 1990 5% public-use sample of the Census. Controlling for income, we find that expenditures on housing structure are quite similar across races. However, controlling for income, black and Hispanic households consume significantly less in community attributes than white households. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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  • Denise DiPasquale & Matthew E. Kahn, 1999. "Measuring Neighborhood Investments: An Examination of Community Choice," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 27(3), pages 389-424.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:27:y:1999:i:3:p:389-424
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    1. John F. Kain & John M. Quigley, 1975. "Housing Markets and Racial Discrimination: A Microeconomic Analysis," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number kain75-1, June.
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    1. Eric Fesselmeyer & Kiat Ying Seah, 2017. "Individual Payoffs and the Effect of Homeownership on Social Capital Investment," ERES eres2017_287, European Real Estate Society (ERES).
    2. Patrick Bajari & Matthew E. Kahn, 2005. "Estimating Housing Demand With an Application to Explaining Racial Segregation in Cities," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, American Statistical Association, vol. 23, pages 20-33, January.
    3. Binner, Amy & Day, Brett, 2015. "Exploring mortgage interest deduction reforms: An equilibrium sorting model with endogenous tenure choice," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 122(C), pages 40-54.
    4. Holian, Matthew J. & Kahn, Matthew E., 2015. "Household carbon emissions from driving and center city quality of life," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 116(C), pages 362-368.
    5. Bruce A. Weinberg, 2007. "Social Interactions with Endogenous Associations," NBER Working Papers 13038, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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