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Homeownership and Child Welfare

25 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2009  

David Barker

University of Iowa

Eric A Miller

affiliation not provided to SSRN


Recent studies have concluded that homeownership is beneficial to children. This result is important because it is used to justify large government subsidies that encourage homeownership. We reexamine the results of two of the most prominent of these studies using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Public Use Microsample, and National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data. We extend this research by controlling for residential mobility, wealth, dwelling type and vehicle ownership, as well as by using a “differences in differences” methodology to deal with possible treatment effects bias. We find that the beneficial effects of homeownership previously measured are substantially reduced or eliminated by controlling for these factors. We confirm these results using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study.

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Barker, David and Miller, Eric A, Homeownership and Child Welfare. Real Estate Economics, Vol. 37, Issue 2, pp. 279-303, Summer 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1411381 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6229.2009.00243.x

David Barker (Contact Author)

University of Iowa ( email )

341 Schaeffer Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1097
United States

Eric A Miller

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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