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Home Bitter Home? Gender, Living Arrangements, and the Exclusion from Home-Ownership among Older Europeans

Daniele Vignoli (), Maria Letizia Tanturri () and Francesco Acciai ()
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Maria Letizia Tanturri: Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche, Università di Padova
Francesco Acciai: Department of Sociology, Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University

No 2014_05, Econometrics Working Papers Archive from Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni "G. Parenti"

Abstract: Home-ownership is the most important asset among the elderly in Europe, but in this domain very little is known about gender differences. This paper aims at exploring the link between gender, living arrangements, monetary poverty and home tenure among older Europeans, in order to identify the profiles of the elderly at a higher risk of being excluded from home-ownership. The analysis is based on the fourth wave of SHARE, and includes a sub-sample of about 56,000 individuals aged 50 or over, living in 16 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Our findings show that women are generally more likely to be excluded from homeownership than men. However, a closer look suggests that the gender gap in home ownership is essentially generated by compositional differences between men and women, with the most relevant factor being the type of living arrangement.

Keywords: Home tenure; older Europeans; gender; living arrangement, poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J10 J12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2014-03
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