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Demographic Effects on Household Formation Patterns



This paper shows that part of the changes in household formation patterns in the United States can be attributed to changes in the demographic composition of the population. Influential factors include the increasing proportion of elderly in the population and the aging of the baby boom generation. The proportion living alone is expected to rise, the proportion sharing quarters with unrelated persons is expected to fall, and the numbers of persons choosing each of those living styles will rise. In addition, dramatic increases in the demand for both owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing for one-person households are predicted.

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  • Karen Leppel, 1991. "Demographic Effects on Household Formation Patterns," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 6(2), pages 191-206.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:6:n:2:1991:p:191-206

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    1. Karen Leppel, 1986. "A Trinomial Logit Analysis of Household Composition," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 14(4), pages 537-556.
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    1. Gary Painter & Zhou Yu, 2012. "Caught in the Housing Bubble: Immigrants' Housing Outcomes in Traditional Gateways and Newly Emerging Destinations," Working Paper 8953, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.
    2. Mark J. Eppli & Monty J. Childs, 1995. "A Descriptive Analysis of U.S. Housing Demand for the 1990s," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 10(1), pages 69-86.

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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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