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Explaining Life-Cycle Profiles of Home-Ownership and Labour Supply


  • IFS,Renata Bottazzi, Institute for Fiscal Studies,Hamish Low, University of Cambrdige
  • Renata Bottazzi

    () (-- Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Orazio Attanasio

    (University College London and IFS)

  • Hamish Low

    (University of Cambrdige and IFS)

  • Lars Nesheim

    (University College London and IFS)

  • Matthew Wakefield

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)


In this paper we show the extent that home ownership varies over the life-cycle and differs by cohort and by education. We explain these differences in a calibrated model of life-cycle behaviour where households choose labour supply and consumption and also home-ownership status. Home-ownership is associated with greater labour supply both in the model and in the data. We use the model to show the effect that alternative assumptions on capital market imperfections make to home-ownership and to labour supply. Increases in downpayment requirements lead to delays in home ownership. Decreases in the permitted debt to income ratio lead to less home-ownership across the life-cycle

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  • IFS,Renata Bottazzi, Institute for Fiscal Studies,Hamish Low, University of Cambrdige & Renata Bottazzi & Orazio Attanasio & Hamish Low & Lars Nesheim & Matthew Wakefield, 2006. "Explaining Life-Cycle Profiles of Home-Ownership and Labour Supply," Computing in Economics and Finance 2006 511, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecfa:511

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    Cited by:

    1. Jan Rouwendal, 2009. "Housing Wealth and Household Portfolios in an Ageing Society," De Economist, Springer, vol. 157(1), pages 1-48, March.
    2. Juan Contreras & Joseph Nichols, 2009. "Consumption Responses to Permanent and Transitory Shocks to House Appreciation: Working Paper 2009-05," Working Papers 41876, Congressional Budget Office.
    3. Viola Angelini & Agar Brugiavini & Guglielmo Weber, 2014. "The dynamics of homeownership among the 50+ in Europe," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 27(3), pages 797-823, July.
    4. Juan Contreras & Joseph B. Nichols, 2010. "Consumption responses to permanent and transitory shocks to house appreciation," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2010-32, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).

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    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making


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