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Ethnic Identity and Immigrant Homeownership

Amelie F. Constant (), Rowan Roberts and Klaus F. Zimmermann ()

No 6490, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: 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)
Date: 2007-09
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