The Dynamics of Homeownership: Eliminating the Gap between African American and White Households

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Thomas P. Boehm

University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Department of Finance

Alan M. Schlottmann

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - College of Business - Department of Economics

Abstract

This article uses a sample of young renters from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and a continuous-time econometric model to explore not only the initial tenure transition to first-time homeownership, but also subsequent possible tenure transitions to a second owned home, back to rental tenure and, indirectly, to a second owned home from rental tenure. Once estimated, the predicted probabilities of these transitions are used to calculate the probability of homeownership at various times for households in the sample. These estimates are done separately for African Americans and whites for two different 11-year time intervals, 1987–1997 and 1993–2003. A primary result is that if African American education, income, net wealth and savings behavior could be brought in line with that of white households the majority of the racial gap in homeownership could be eliminated in either time period.

Suggested Citation

Boehm, Thomas P. and Schlottmann, Alan M., The Dynamics of Homeownership: Eliminating the Gap between African American and White Households. Real Estate Economics, Vol. 37, Issue 4, pp. 599-634, Winter 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1525091 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6229.2009.00257.x

Thomas P. Boehm (Contact Author)

University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Department of Finance ( email )

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Alan M. Schlottmann

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

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Las Vegas, NV 89154
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