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Homeownership, Political Participation, and Social Capital in Post- Communist Countries and Western Europe

Peter Huber () and Josef Montag ()

No 2018-74, MENDELU Working Papers in Business and Economics from Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics

Abstract: We study whether the positive effects of homeownership on political participation and social capital, found in developed market economies, extend to post-communist countries. We find that homeownership is strongly related to higher participation in local-level and national elections. In post- communist countries, homeownership is also related to higher social trust. However, the positive association between homeownership and volunteering found in developed market economies does not extend to post-communist countries. Together, our results corroborate that homeownership is associated with positive social benefits. However, these effects are highly heterogeneous and context- dependent.

Keywords: Homeownership; social capital; political participation; post-communist countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D62 D72 P14 P26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25
Date: 2018-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-eur, nep-pol, nep-soc, nep-tra and nep-ure
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