June 20, 2007

The impact of housing market institutions on labour mobility; a European cross-country comparison

Overdrachtsbelasting beperkt de arbeidsmobiliteit

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Michiel van Leuvensteijn Read more
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We merge this data with country specific housing market institutions, such as transaction taxes, and language and religion diversity. Similar to previous studies, estimated hazards indicate that home-ownership reduces job-to-job mobility as well as the probability to become unemployed or economically inactive on a individual level. However, a comparison between countries reveals that countries with high levels of homeownership rates also have high levels of unemployment. Therefore, this paper is able to reconcile the seemingly contrasting empirical results from both the macroeconomic and the microeconomic level.


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