Job Match and Housing Tenure

N. Edward Coulson*, Walter D’Lima, David Jinkins

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Homeownership, though it brings both private and social benefits, entails substantial fixed costs. Standard personal financial advice suggests that homeownership should only be undertaken when one's job situation is stable and job movement is not likely in the near future. Little research has asked whether this advice is followed. Our goal is to rectify that omission. To test this hypothesis, we employ detailed information on workers and housing decisions from Danish administrative data. We construct a measure of job mismatch and find evidence suggesting that homeowners are indeed better matched at their jobs than renters, and that an improved match leads renters to become homeowners. An examination of job durations suggests that homeownership is correlated with longer job duration both because of a direct causal effect and also due to an indirect effect through selection into homeownership.
Original languageEnglish
JournalReal Estate Economics
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1576-1595
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

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Published online: 04 June 2022.


  • Housing tenure
  • Job match
  • Labor market
  • Search costs

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