What Makes a Landlord? Ownership of Real Estate by US Households

TitleWhat Makes a Landlord? Ownership of Real Estate by US Households
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsShroder, M
JournalUrban Studies
KeywordsAdult children, Consumption and Savings, Employment and Labor Force, Housing, Net Worth and Assets

Households supply about three-quarters of US rental housing. The paper examines the real estate investment decision and the proportion of wealth invested in real estate. Hypotheses drawn primarily from the real estate finance literature about the role of wealth, expected inflation, human capital, income tax rates, race, health, risk aversion and inheritance are tested against data from the Health and Retirement Study. Wealth has a powerful non -linear effect on ownership of real estate, but ownership is negatively associated with human capital. Marginal tax rates, race and property gifts affect real estate investment; poor health, risk aversion and expected inflation do not seem to.


ProCite field 3 : US Dept of Housing and Urban Development

Endnote Keywords

Housing Supply and Markets/Household effects on labor supply/Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis/Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis/Households/Housing/Real Estate/Wealth

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Citation Key6727