NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Residential Mobility and Mortgages

Sewin Chan

NBER Working Paper No. 5181
Issued in July 1995

Mortgage applications are a detailed and accurate source of household information that is verified by underwriters, making it a more accurate data source than self-reported survey answers. This paper discusses how mortgage data can be applied to areas of economics outside mortgage finance. As a supplement to variables from the application form, the self-selection of mortgage points is used to infer expected mobility. A duration model of housing spells is estimated, and the points indicator is shown to be highly significant in predicting mobility for low loan-to-value borrowers. The findings demonstrate the potential fruitfulness of using this new data source.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5181

Published: Regional Science & Urban Economics, vol. 26, no. 3-4, pp. 287-311, June 1996

 
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