NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Allen C. Goodman

Wayne State University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

January 1991A Home of One's Own: Aging and Homeownership in the United States in the late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
with Michael R. Haines: h0021
One of the principal types of wealth accumulation in the United States has been real property, especially in the form of homes as the society became more urban and less agricultural. At present, almost two-thirds of all American households reside in owner-occupied structures. The present paper explores this phenomenon for the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from the standpoint of property accumulation over the life course. Age patterns of homeownership for urban and rural non-farm households are the central concern. Drawing on micro samples of the 1865 New York State census and the 1900 united States census, micro data on the 6,809 worker families residing in the united States in the 1889/90 U.S. Commissioner of Labor Survey, and published data from the 1890 and 1930 united S...

Published: Aging in the Past: Demography, Society, and Old Age, David I. Kertzer and Peter Loslett, eds. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 1993

August 1989Buying the American Dream: Housing Demand in the United States in the Late Nineteenth Century
with Michael R. Haines: h0005
This paper examines homeownership and housing demand for a sample of approximately 6,800 urban, industrial workers in the United States for the period 1889/90. Using data from the Sixth and Seventh Annual Reports of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor, housing demand is viewed as a two part process: first, the "tenure choice" decision whether to own or rent; and, second, how much of either type of housing to purchase. Tenure choice and renter demand equations are estimated, using the concept of expected, rather than current income. Data limitations did not permit estimation of owner demand. The results indicate lower homeownership rates among American workers circa 1890 than later and significant effects on ownership of income, age of household head, region, industry, occupation, ethnicity, and...

Published: "Housing Demand in the United States in the Late Nineteenth Century: Evidence from the Commissioner of Labor Survey," Journal of Urban Economics, Vol 21, No.1 ( January,1992)

 
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