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Ethnic Identity and Immigrant Homeownership

  • Constant, Amelie F.

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    (George Washington University, Temple University)

  • Roberts, Rowan

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    (Cape York Institute)

  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

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    (IZA and University of Bonn)

Immigrants are much less likely to own their homes than natives, even after controlling for a broad range of life-cycle and socio-economic characteristics and housing market conditions. This paper extends the analysis of immigrant housing tenure choice by explicitly accounting for ethnic identity as a potential influence on the homeownership decision, using a two-dimensional model of ethnic identity that incorporates attachments to both origin and host cultures. The evidence suggests that immigrants with a stronger commitment to the host country are more likely to achieve homeownership for a given set of socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, regardless of their level of attachment to their home country.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3050.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Publication status: published in: Urban Studies, 2009, 46 (9), 1879-1898
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3050
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