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Journal Article

Staying together for the sake of the home?: house price shocks and partnership dissolution in the UK

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Publication date

2010

Abstract

The paper explores the importance of unanticipated house price shocks for marital dissolution in the UK by using individual household data from the British Household Panel Survey and county level house price data from the Halifax house price index. Results suggest that positive and negative house price shocks have asymmetric effects on the probability of partnership dissolution. Negative house price shocks significantly increase the risk of partnership dissolution, whereas positive house price shocks do not have a significant effect in general. The destabilizing effect of negative house price shocks is particularly pronounced for couples with dependent children, low family income and high mortgage debt. Results are robust to a wide variety of specifications.

Published in

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society)

Volume

173 (3):557-574

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-985X.2009.00628.x

Subjects

Family Formation And Dissolution and Housing Market

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1599822~S5

Notes

Originally 'Online Early' 4 Jan. 2010; Web of Knowledge alert; Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to Univ. Essex registered users*

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