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Do high levels of home-ownership create unemployment?: Introducing the missing link between housing tenure and unemployment
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, IAS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Housing Studies, ISSN 0267-3037, E-ISSN 1466-1810, 1-24 p.Article 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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Routledge, 2017. 1-24 p.
Keyword [en]
Home-ownership, unemployment, regional labour market, job matching, mobility, Sweden, register data
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Human Geography Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-142376DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1358808OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-142376DiVA: diva2:1153371
Available from: 2017-10-30 Created: 2017-10-30 Last updated: 2017-11-16

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