Ethnic Identity and Immigrant Homeownership
Amelie Constant (),
Rowan Roberts and
Klaus Zimmermann ()
No 6490, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
Immigrants are much less likely to own their homes than natives, even after controlling for a broad range of life-cycle and socio-economic characteristics and housing market conditions. This paper extends the analysis of immigrant housing tenure choice by explicitly accounting for ethnic identity as a potential influence on the homeownership decision, using a two-dimensional model of ethnic identity that incorporates attachments to both origin and host cultures. The evidence suggests that immigrants with a stronger commitment to the host country are more likely to achieve homeownership for a given set of socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, regardless of their level of attachment to their home country.
Keywords: ethnic identity; ethnicity; homeownership; immigrant integration; immigration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J15 R21 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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