Residential mobility, housing equity and the labour market
U.K. commentators have noted that the U.K. housing market may hinder labor market flexibility. The present paper uses U.K. household longitudinal data (BHPS) for the early 1990s and estimates single and competing risk discrete time duration models of residence duration to investigate the impact of negative housing equity on residential moves. Strong evidence for an adverse impact on mobility is found, along with results to suggest that the home-owners do not move in response to changing labor market conditions. Negative equity in the early 1990s therefore exacerbated housing market related rigidities in the job-matching process.
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