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Sexual orientation and homeownership in Canada

Maryam Dilmaghani () and Jason Dean ()

Journal of Housing Economics, 2020, vol. 49, issue C

Abstract: The homeownership disparities associated with sexual orientation have rarely been investigated. Using the Canadian censuses of 2001, 2006, 2016, and the National Household Survey of 2011, this paper examines how sexual orientation associates with the patterns of homeownership. Given the 2005 legal recognition of same-sex marriage in Canada, the data allow for comparing sexual minorities with heterosexuals of the same marital status. The analysis shows that prior to the legal recognition of same-sex marriage, same-sex households’ homeownership rates were between the rates for married and common-law heterosexuals. Post-legal recognition, rather similar homeownership rates are found for common-law same-sex and common-law different-sex couples. But, married same-sex households, regardless of sex composition, are found largely less likely to own their residence than married heterosexuals. Non-negligible differences are also found regarding home values and the presence of mortgage. Various explanations are explored.

Keywords: Sexual orientation; Homeownership rates; Real estate wealth accumulation; Canada (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 J16 R20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jhe.2020.101688

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