Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2011.05.002
Title: A household-level decomposition of the white-black homeownership gap
Authors: Fesselmeyer, E.
Le, K.T.
Seah, K.Y. 
Keywords: Homeownership
Race
Segregation
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Fesselmeyer, E., Le, K.T., Seah, K.Y. (2012). A household-level decomposition of the white-black homeownership gap. Regional Science and Urban Economics 42 (1-2) : 52-62. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2011.05.002
Abstract: This paper uses a semiparametric homeownership model to estimate and to decompose the household-level white-black homeownership gap into an endowment component and a residual component across the distribution of homeownership rates. We find that the racial gap differs across homeownership rates and that studies that examine the gap only at the mean may be misleading. We also find that although household characteristics explain the homeownership gap for most households, there is a substantial portion of the gap that remains unexplained for households with a very low propensity to own homes. A comparison of the estimates from the semiparametric model and a probit model suggests that the semiparametric approach is able to capture the heterogeneity structure between the ethnic groups, particularly in the tails of the distribution. To illustrate the flexibility of our household-level approach, we decompose the homeownership gap in cities of varying levels of segregation. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Regional Science and Urban Economics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/46072
ISSN: 01660462
DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2011.05.002
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