Ethnic Identity and Immigrant Homeownership

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Amelie F. Constant

Princeton University; UNU-MERIT; CESifo

Rowan Roberts

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

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Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

Immigrants are much less likely to own their homes than natives, even after controlling for a broad range of life-cycle and socio-economic characteristics and housing market conditions. This paper extends the analysis of immigrant housing tenure choice by explicitly accounting for ethnic identity as a potential influence on the homeownership decision, using a two-dimensional model of ethnic identity that incorporates attachments to both origin and host cultures. The evidence suggests that immigrants with a stronger commitment to the host country are more likely to achieve homeownership for a given set of socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, regardless of their level of attachment to their home country.

Keywords: ethnicity, ethnic identity, immigration, immigrant integration, homeownership

JEL Classification: R21, F22, J15, Z10

Suggested Citation

Constant, Amelie F. and Roberts, Rowan and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Ethnic Identity and Immigrant Homeownership (September 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 3050, SOEPpaper, No. 57, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1022933

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