The Impact of House Characteristics and Homeownership on Child Development and Young Adult Outcomes
35 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2016
Date Written: December 21, 2015
We study the impact of housing characteristics and homeownership on the cognitive and behavioral outcomes of children and young adults. One of our findings is that children living in relatively uncrowded dwellings have better mathematics skills; however, parental homeownership has no effect. In contrast, the history of childhood dwelling size has mixed effects on young adult outcomes, but a high proportion of childhood spent in an owned home increases young adults’ educational attainment and work experience, and reduces their criminal activity and likelihood of ever being on welfare and teen pregnancy.
Keywords: Child outcomes, Young adult outcomes, House characteristics, Homeownership
JEL Classification: D13, R2, R3
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