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Research Paper IZA Discussion Papers 5168

Housing mobility and downsizing at older ages in Britain and the United States

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Publication date

2010

Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of housing price risk on housing choices over the lifecycle. Housing price risk can be substantial but, unlike other risky assets which people can avoid, the fact that most people will eventually own their home creates an insurance demand for housing assets early in life. Our contribution is to focus on the importance of home ownership and housing wealth as a hedge against future house price risk for individuals moving up the ladder - people living in places with higher housing price risk should own their first home at a younger age, should live in larger homes, and should be less likely to refinance. These predictions are tested and shown to hold using panel data from the United States and Great Britain.

Subjects

Older People and Housing Market

Links

http://ftp.iza.org/dp5168.pdf


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