Financial Market Imperfection and Home Ownership: A Comparative Study

Posted: 13 Sep 2002

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Maria Concetta Chiuri

University of Salerno - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF); Università degli Studi di Bari

Tullio Jappelli

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics; Center for Studies in Economics and Finance - CSEF; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Abstract

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

Chiuri, Maria Concetta and Jappelli, Tullio, Financial Market Imperfection and Home Ownership: A Comparative Study. Forthcoming in European Economic Review, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=317719

Maria Concetta Chiuri

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