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Do high levels of home-ownership create unemployment? Introducing the missing link between housing tenure and unemployment
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Linköping University, Sweden .
2017 (English)In: Housing Studies, ISSN 0267-3037, E-ISSN 1466-1810Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

A large number of studies have demonstrated that the proportion of home-owners in a region tend to be positively associated with the unemployment levels in that region. In this paper, we introduce a missing piece of explaining this commonly found pattern. By analysing individual-level population register data on Sweden, we jointly examine the effects of micro- and macro-level home-ownership on individuals’ unemployment. The findings indicate that even though home-owners have a lower probability of being unemployed, there is a penalty for both renters and home-owners on unemployment in regions with high home-ownership rates. Differences in mobility patterns cannot explain this pattern. However, when labour market size is considered, the higher probability of unemployment in high home-owning regions is drastically reduced. This suggests that high home-ownership regions tend to coincide with small labour markets, affecting the job matching process negatively.

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2017.
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Home-ownership, unemployment, regional labour market, job matching, mobility, Sweden, register data
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Human Geography Sociology
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-146406DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1358808OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-146406DiVA: diva2:1136964
Available from: 2017-08-29 Created: 2017-08-29 Last updated: 2017-09-07

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