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Independent Living and Homeownership: An Analysis of Australian Youth

  • Steven C. Bourassa
  • Donald R. Haurin
  • R. Jean Haurin
  • Patric H. Hendershott

This study extends recent work that developed and tested economic models of the joint decisions of household formation and homeownership. The cost of shelter is an important determinant of whether youth live independently (apart from parents and other nonrelated adults), and the cost of homeownership relative to renting is important to the tenure decision. Simulations suggest that the post-1985 decline and eventual removal of the Australian subsidy for first time homeowners has lowered the homeownership rate among young households by 23 percent, which is equivalent to slowing the time to first ownership by two years for such households.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4450.

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Date of creation: Sep 1993
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Publication status: published as Australian Economic Review, July-September 1994, pp. 29-44.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:4450
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