Home Equity in Retirement

44 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2020

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Makoto Nakajima

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Irina A. Telyukova

University of California, San Diego

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Date Written: May 2020


Retired homeowners dissave more slowly than renters, which suggests that homeownership affects retirees' saving decisions. We investigate empirically and theoretically the life‐cycle patterns of homeownership, housing, and nonhousing assets in retirement. Using an estimated structural model of saving and housing decisions, we find first that homeowners dissave slowly because they prefer to stay in their house as long as possible but cannot easily borrow against it. Second, the 1996–2006 housing boom significantly increased homeowners' assets. These channels are quantitatively significant; without considering homeownership, retirees' net worth would be 28%–44% lower, depending on age.

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Nakajima, Makoto and Telyukova, Irina, Home Equity in Retirement (May 2020). International Economic Review, Vol. 61, Issue 2, pp. 573-616, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3721371 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iere.12435

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