Home Location Choices and the Gender Commute Gap

57 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2020 Last revised: 18 Oct 2021

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Yizhen Gu

Peking University HSBC Business School

Naijia Guo

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Jing Wu

Tsinghua University - Hang Lung Center for Real Estate; Tsinghua University - Department of Construction Management

Ben Zou

Purdue University - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 26, 2020

Abstract

Using administrative records of home mortgages in Beijing, we show that dual-income households systematically choose to buy homes that are closer to the wife’s workplace. The wife’s commute from the newly purchased home is on average 11% shorter by distance than the husband’s. We estimate a discrete home location choice model and find that households derive substantially larger disutility from the wife’s commute than from the husband’s. Through the lens of a simple collective household model, we show evidence that the gender commute gap reflects the intra-household division of labor and relative bargaining power.

Keywords: gender gap, commute to work, housing demand

JEL Classification: J16, R21, J22

Suggested Citation

Gu, Yizhen and Guo, Naijia and Wu, Jing and Zou, Ben, Home Location Choices and the Gender Commute Gap (October 26, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3719404 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3719404

Yizhen Gu

Peking University HSBC Business School ( email )

Naijia Guo

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) ( email )

Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Jing Wu

Tsinghua University - Hang Lung Center for Real Estate ( email )

HeShanHeng Building
Beijing, 100084
China

HOME PAGE: http://thuwujing.net

Tsinghua University - Department of Construction Management ( email )

Heshanheng Building
Tsinghua University
Beijing, 100084
China

HOME PAGE: http://thuwujing.net

Ben Zou (Contact Author)

Purdue University - Department of Economics ( email )

West Lafayette, IN 47907-1310
United States

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