Homeownership, Social Renting, and Labour Mobility across Europe

Thomas De Graaff*, Michiel Van Leuvensteijn, Casper Van Ewijk

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European unemployment is the main focus of this chapter. The chapter looks at various transaction costs such as financial, psychological, social, cultural, religious, and ethnic transaction costs. This chapter describes the differences in residence mobility patterns and social renting institutions in several countries. The chapter asserts that even if social leasing and privately owned residences encourage housing transaction expenditures, only renting heightens a person's probability of becoming unemployed. Potential justifications would be related to the relative returns of investment as well as the disadvantages perceived by both parties - homeowners and social renters. It would be interesting to explore the effects of these spending habits on the individual outflow of unemployment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHomeownership and the Labour Market in Europe
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191701320
ISBN (Print)9780199543946
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2011


  • Homeownership
  • Labour market
  • Residence mobility
  • Social renting
  • Transaction costs
  • Unemployment

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