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Private Transfers, Borrowing Constraints and the Timing of Homeownership

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  • Guiso, Luigi
  • Jappelli, Tullio

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The 1991 Italian Survey of Household Income and Wealth contains retrospective information on intergenerational transfers. This information is used to estimate the impact of transfers on the saving time required to purchase a house. It is found that transfers have a small impact on saving time and that after receiving a transfer households purchase considerably larger homes. The results have implications for the debate about the source of the relation between aggregate saving and growth.

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  • Guiso, Luigi & Jappelli, Tullio, 2002. "Private Transfers, Borrowing Constraints and the Timing of Homeownership," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 34(2), pages 315-339, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:34:y:2002:i:2:p:315-39
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    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand

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