Analysing home-ownership of couples: The effect of selecting couples at the time of the survey

  • Clara H. Mulder


The analysis of events encountered by couple and family households may suffer from sample selection bias when data are restricted to couples existing at the moment of interview. The paper discusses the effect of sample selection bias on event history analyses of buying a home by comparing analyses performed on a sample of existing couples with analyses of a more complete sample including past as well as current partner relationships. The results show that, although home-buying in relationships that have ended differs clearly from behaviour in existing relationships, sample selection bias is not alarmingly large.


Selection Bias Public Finance Sample Selection Event History History Analysis 
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Analyse de l'acquisition du logement de couples: biais lorsque l'on travaille sur les couples au moment de l'enquête


L'analyse d'événements connus par des ménages (couples ou familles) peut être affectée par un biais de sélection dû à l'échantillon, quand les données sont recueillies sur des couples observés lors de l'enquête. Cet article discute l'effet d'un tel biais obtenu lors d'une analyse biographique portant sur l'acquisition du logement: on compare ici les résultats obtenus à partir d'un échantillon de couples présents à l'enquête avec ceux obtenus sur un échantillon plus complet, comprenant des unions aussi bien passées qu'en cours. Bien que les comportements d'acquisition du logement diffèrent clairement selon que les unions persistent ou non, les résultats montrent que le biais de sélection n'est pas trop élevé.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clara H. Mulder
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  1. 1.Faculty of Geographical SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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