Homeownership, Political Participation, and Social Capital in Post-Communist Countries and Western Europe
ISE Working Paper No. 8
30 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2018
Date Written: January 2018
We study whether the positive effects of homeownership on political participation and social capital, found in developed market economies, extend to post-communist countries. We find that homeownership is strongly related to higher participation in local-level and national elections. In post-communist countries, homeownership is also related to higher social trust. However, the positive association between homeownership and volunteering found in developed market economies does not extend to post-communist countries. Together, our results corroborate that homeownership is associated with positive social benefits. However, these effects are highly heterogeneous and context-dependent.
Keywords: Homeownership, Social Capital, Political Participation, Post-Communist Countries
JEL Classification: D62, D72, P14, P26
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