American Dream Delayed: Shifting Determinants of Homeownership

Natalia Khorunzhina, Robert A. Miller

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This paper investigates the delay in homeownership and a subsequent reduction in homeownership rate observed over the past decades. We focus on the delay in giving birth to children and increased labor market participation as contributing factors to homeownership dynamics for prime-age female households. We formulate and estimate a dynamic life-cycle model, in which both single and married households can optimally choose homeownership, the number and timing of children and labor supply. Our theoretical model provides a detailed treatment of the economic costs and benefits associated with housing, fertility decisions and labor supply alternatives faced by the individuals over different stages of the life cycle. The delays in giving birth and buying first home arise endogenously.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventConference on Structural Microeconomics 2017 - Yale School of Management. Yale University, New Haven, United States
Duration: 8 Jun 20179 Jun 2017


ConferenceConference on Structural Microeconomics 2017
LocationYale School of Management. Yale University
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Haven
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  • Housing demand
  • Fertility
  • Labor supply

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