American Dream Delayed: Shifting Determinants of Homeownership

Natalia Khorunzhina, Robert A. Miller

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This paper develops and estimates a dynamic model of discrete choice for labor supply, fertility and transition from tenant to home-owner, to investigate the secular decline in homeownership over the past several decades, wholly attributable to households postponing the purchase of their first home. House prices only partly explain the de-cline; higher base level wages led to lower fertility also contributing to the decline, because households with children are more likely to own a home than those without. Somewhat surprisingly we find higher lev-els of female education ameliorated this trend, highly educated women placing greater value on home ownership.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherCopenhagen Business School, CBS
Number of pages47
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesWorking Paper / Department of Economics. Copenhagen Business School


  • Housing demand
  • Fertility
  • Labor supply

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