Housing wealth accumulation: The role of public housing

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Journal Article

© 2015 Elsevier B.V. The public housing sector provides housing units at below-market rents, potentially allowing its tenants to save for a downpayment more quickly than they would have otherwise. In this paper, we analyze the effect of a spell in public housing on age at first-time homeownership using the French Housing Survey. We use a pseudo-panel approach that takes into account the specificities of the local housing market, to derive individual tenure transitions from multiple cross-sections data, for the period 1979-2006. Using an IV strategy to control for a potential selection into public housing, we jointly estimate public housing tenancy and duration before first-time homeownership, and take into account unobserved heterogeneity. Our results indicate that a spell in public housing increases the hazard to homeownership, supporting the idea that, in France in the study period, the public housing policy provided an important pathway to homeownership.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goffette-Nagot, F; Sidibé, M

Published Date

  • March 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 57 /

Start / End Page

  • 12 - 22

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-2308

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0166-0462

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2015.11.004

Citation Source

  • Scopus