ERIC Number: ED464159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Homeownership on Child Outcomes. Low-Income Homeownership Working Paper Series.
Haurin, Donald R.; Parcel, Toby L.; Haurin, R. Jean
Using a national panel data set that links the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) with the NLSY Child data, this study examines the impact of homeownership on several child outcomes. Data analysis indicates that children of homeowners have better home environments, higher cognitive test scores, and fewer behavior problems than do children of renters. The study finds that these results hold even after controlling for a large number of economic, social, and demographic variables. Owning a home compared with renting leads to a 13 to 23 percent higher quality home environment. The independent impact of homeownership combined with its positive impact on the home environment results in the children of homeowners achieving math scores up to nine percent higher and reading scores up to seven percent higher, with reductions in children's behavior problems of up to three percent. These findings suggest that homeownership support programs should be targeted to households with young children. The measurement of the home environment questionnaire is appended. (Contains 61 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Joint Center for Housing Studies.