Financial Market Imperfection and Home Ownership: A Comparative Study
Posted: 13 Sep 2002
We explore the determinants of the distribution of owner occupancy rates across age groups using a collection of microeconomic data on fourteen OECD countries. In most, the survey is repeated over time. This allows us to construct an international dataset, merging data on 39 national household surveys with aggregate data on down payment ratios. We find strong evidence that the availability of mortgage finance - as measured by down payment ratios - affects the distribution of owner occupancy rates across age groups, especially at the young end. The results are consistent with previous theoretical models and have important implications for the debate on the relation between saving and growth.
Keywords: Home ownership, financial markets
JEL Classification: G2, R2
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation