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Ethnic differences in intergenerational housing mobility in England and Wales

Buscha, Franz, Gorman, Emma, Sturgis, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-1180-3493 and Zhang, Min (2023) Ethnic differences in intergenerational housing mobility in England and Wales. Journal of Social Policy. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279423000570


Home ownership is the largest component of wealth for most households and its intergenerational transmission underpins the production and reproduction of economic inequalities across generations. Yet, little is currently known about ethnic differences in the intergenerational transmission of housing tenure. In this paper we use linked Census data covering 1971-2011 to document rates of intergenerational housing tenure mobility across ethnic groups in England and Wales. We find that while home ownership declined across all ethnic groups during this period, there were substantial differences between them. Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi households experienced the strongest intergenerational link between parent and child housing tenure, and Black individuals had the highest rates of downward housing mobility. In contrast, those of Indian origin had homeownership rates similar to White British families, and a weaker link between parent and child housing tenure. These patterns are likely to exacerbate existing gradients in other dimensions of ethnicity-based inequality, now and in the future.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J62 - Job, Occupational, and Intergenerational Mobility
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I20 - General
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R3 - Production Analysis and Firm Location > R31 - Housing Supply and Markets
P - Economic Systems > P4 - Other Economic Systems > P46 - Consumer Economics; Welfare and Poverty
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2023 17:09
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2024 13:36

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