Does Home Ownership Vary By Sexual Orientation?
Home ownership, Housing demand, Marriage, Same-sex couples
Regional Science and Urban Economics
The housing literature considers whether the probability of owning a home is different for ethnic and racial minorities than for native whites. Most studies find that minorities are less likely to own a home than their white counterparts. A logical extension of this line of research is to consider whether home-ownership rates differ based on sexual orientation. We use data on couples from the 2000 Census and find that same-sex couples are less likely to own a home than are married couples. The average value of houses owned by same-sex male couples is statistically similar to the average value of houses owned by married couples, but houses owned by same-sex female and cohabiting couples have lower average values than those owned by married couples. Conditional on owning, same-sex couples are slightly less likely to have a mortgage compared to married couples. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Economics
Original Publication Date
DOI of published version
Jepsen, Christopher and Jepsen, Lisa K., "Does Home Ownership Vary By Sexual Orientation?" (2009). Faculty Publications. 2258.