Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 281–298 | Cite as

Home-ownership and family formation

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Abstract

In Western countries, home-ownership and family formation are closely connected. From most research on the transition to home-ownership, one gets the impression that the association between family formation and home-ownership is positive: family formation seems to speed up the process of acquiring a home in several countries. However, it has also been argued that there might be a negative association between home-ownership and family formation at the individual or household level, because the cost of home-ownership might compete with the cost of rearing children. And it has also been found that those countries in Europe with the highest levels of home-ownership are also those with the lowest fertility. The aim of this paper is to reconcile these seemingly contradicting findings on the association between home-ownership and family formation by developing a theoretical argument comprising both the micro level of individuals and households and the macro level of countries.

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Home-ownership Family formation 

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  1. 1.Department of Geography, Planning and International Development StudiesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

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