Sunday, March 18, 2007

Unemployed homeowners

Tim Harford writes:
English economist Andrew Oswald has shown that across European countries, and across U.S. states, high levels of home ownership are correlated with high levels of unemployment. More conventional factors such as generous welfare benefits or high levels of unionization don't explain unemployment nearly as well as the tendency to own houses. Renting your home and staying flexible do wonders for your chances of always finding an interesting job to do.
People say home ownership is a good thing, but it also has its drawbacks.

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