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Does Homeownership Prolong the Duration of Unemployment?

Taskin, A. A. & Yaman, F. (2016). Does Homeownership Prolong the Duration of Unemployment?. Real Estate Economics, 47(3), pp. 845-883. doi: 10.1111/1540-6229.12173


We examine the effects of homeownership on individuals' unemployment durations. An unemployment spell can terminate with a job or with nonparticipation. The endogeneity of homeownership is addressed by estimating a full maximum likelihood function jointly modeling the competing hazards and the probability of being a homeowner. Unobserved factors contributing to the probability of being a homeowner are allowed to be correlated with unobservable heterogeneity in the hazard rates. Not controlling for ownership selection, there is neither a significant difference in the job-finding hazard nor in the nonparticipation hazard of unemployed owners and renters. If we jointly model the ownership selection, we find that unemployed homeowners are more likely to find a job than renters.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Taşkın, A. A. and Yaman, F. (2016), Does Homeownership Prolong the Duration of Unemployment?. Real Estate Economics., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics
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