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Author: Kamara, Duewa A.
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1. Kamara, Duewa A.
Housing Decisions of Female-Headed Households
Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University, 1990
Cohort(s): Mature Women, Young Women
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Behavior; Discrimination, Sex; Home Ownership; Income; Marital Status; Parents, Single; Racial Differences; Simultaneity; Wealth; Women

The purpose of this study is to determine whether the standard model of housing consumption (including tenure choice) used to determine the behavior of married couples is appropriate for female-headed households (FHHs). Modeled is a simultaneous system of three equations to determine housing demand. The system of equations include housing demand, the probability of owning and the probability of marriage. This study develops a theoretical model of female head's behavior. It describes the housing choices of these women compared to married couples, and conducts an empirical test of the theoretical model using data from the NLS Young Women's cohort and Mature Women's cohort. Particular attention is focused on marital anticipation by single women, the derivation of permanent income, and the lack of wealth to purchase a home. It is shown that the pooling of married couples and female householders' data for the purpose of modeling female behavior could be misleading. A better technique to predict the behavior of FHHs with respect to their housing decisions is to separate FHHs from married couples and estimate their housing decision equations separately. The results imply that increases in the wealth among low wealth households influences the probability of buying a home more than increasing wealth among high wealth households.
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Kamara, Duewa A. Housing Decisions of Female-Headed Households. Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University, 1990.