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Residential Duration by Tenure, Race, and Ethnicity: 2009

Peter Mateyka and Matthew Marlay

Abstract

Using migration data from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), we examine variations in different racial and ethnic groups’ residential durations by current and previous tenure status. Specifically, we look at current tenure and compare residential durations of white owners to white renters and compare both groups to black owners and renters, Asian owners and renters, Hispanic owners and renters, and other race owners and renters. We next compare residential durations of these groups for respondents that reported a previous move by tenure status of the current and previous units. These categories include those that reported owner-to-owner, owner-to-renter, renter-to-owner, and renter-to-renter tenure statuses for their current and previous units. Comparisons for both current tenure and tenure changes include a number of dimensions, including nativity, age, family status, education, and income. Additionally, we undertake a multivariate analysis, the objective of which is to explain observed racial and ethnic differences in residential duration by tenure status, in order to understand better the factors that influence residential circumstances of different racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. population.

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