The Impact of House Characteristics and Homeownership on Child Development and Young Adult Outcomes

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David M. Blau

Ohio State University (OSU) - Economics

Nancy Haskell

University of Dayton - School of Business Administration - Department of Economics and Finance

Donald R. Haurin

Ohio State University (OSU) - Economics

Date Written: December 21, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Blau, David M. and Haskell, Nancy and Haurin, Donald R., The Impact of House Characteristics and Homeownership on Child Development and Young Adult Outcomes (December 21, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2718559 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2718559

David M. Blau

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Nancy Haskell

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