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An Ethnic Roller Coaster: Disparate Impacts of the Housing Boom and Bust

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  • Olga Gorbachev

    () (Department of Economics, University of Delaware)

  • Brendan O'Flaherty

    () (Department of Economics, Columbia University)

  • Rajiv Sethi

    () (Department of Economics, Columbia University)

Abstract

Wealth in the US rose and fell precipitously during the first decade of this century, with volatility in Hispanic wealth being especially extreme. We document and account for this disparity. During the boom, Hispanic wealth rose faster primarily because Hispanics lived in cities with surging home values; within cities they did no better than others. But during the bust, Hispanics did worse, even within cities. This pattern is linked to immigration status, and the virtual exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the mortgage market at the beginning of the recession is a key factor in accounting for differences in wealth trajectories.

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  • Olga Gorbachev & Brendan O'Flaherty & Rajiv Sethi, 2016. "An Ethnic Roller Coaster: Disparate Impacts of the Housing Boom and Bust," Working Papers 16-04, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
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    1. Jacob W. Faber & Ingrid Gould Ellen, 2016. "Race and the Housing Cycle: Differences in Home Equity Trends Among Long-Term Homeowners," Housing Policy Debate, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(3), pages 456-473, May.
    2. repec:eee:regeco:v:70:y:2018:i:c:p:80-96 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Wealth Inequality; Housing; Immigration; Ethnicity;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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