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A Framework for Explaining Black–White Inequality in Homeownership Sustainability

Why do housing outcomes differ by race?

To understand Black–White disparities in homeownership sustainability, this study proposes a conceptual framework that emphasizes Black homeowners’ socioeconomic challenges, challenges that go beyond the mortgage market, and focuses on the mediating role of liquid assets. Data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) enable a test of the framework through an examination of racial differences in the exit rates of homeowners during the recent housing crisis. The findings suggest that liquid assets played a significant role in such disparities.

The CSD Working Paper accessible here is a pre-print of an article published in Demography. The final authenticated version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1007/s13524-020-00894-4


Ren, C. (2020). A framework for explaining Black–White inequality in homeownership sustainability (CSD Working Paper No. 20-07). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development. https://doi.org/10.7936/zryf-5d75