Do Europeans view their homes as castles? Homeownership and poverty perception throughout Europe

Duncan Watson, Robert Webb

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The paper investigates the notion that homeownership affects poverty perception. This is investigated by utilising a logit model to analyse various characteristics of homeowners in 11 different European nations. Overall, the analysis fails to reject the notion that homeowners throughout Europe are less likely to perceive themselves as living in poverty, but no evidence is found that homeownership is more valued in nations with high owner-occupancy rates. However, support is found for the notion that homeownership is used as a form of security in countries that experience greater income inequality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1787-1805
Number of pages19
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

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