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Do social networks promote homeownership?

Jeffry Jacob () and Abdul Munasib ()
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Jeffry Jacob: Bethel University
Abdul Munasib: U.S. Department of Commerce

International Review of Economics, 2020, vol. 67, issue 2, No 4, 189-230

Abstract: Abstract We study the impact of social networks on housing tenure choice in Indonesia. Since the homeownership decision is often associated with a change of location—and social networks in large part being tied to the physical location—studying the impact of social networks on tenure choice in isolation of the mobility decision may not be meaningful. Addressing the issue of potential endogeneity of social networks in the joint mobility–tenure choice decision, we estimate the effect of social networks on homeownership. We find the effect to be positive.

Keywords: Social network; Housing tenure choice; Mobility; Social distance; Multinomial logit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D85 J6 R R2 R21 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s12232-019-00337-6

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