Homeownership and long-term care

J. Rouwendal, G.C.F. Thomese

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We investigate the relationship between homeownership and institutionalization using longitudinal data from a Dutch community sample (N = 2372) collected between 1992 and 2005, and find a negative effect of housing tenure on the probability of moving to a nursing home between two subsequent waves. Our discrete time duration model is able to deal with time-varying covariates like health and is flexible with respect to time effects. We have detailed information about health status, presence of a partner and children, neighborhood, and housing. The effect of tenure remains significant after controlling for their impact. A variety of additional potential explanations related to housing wealth and the price of long-term care are found to lack explanatory power. We therefore interpret our findings as the result of a strong desire among the homeowners to stay where they are-in their own property-and the better possibilities that they have-as owners-to realize this desire. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-763
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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