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Financial literacy: a barrier to home ownership for the young?

Gathergood, John; Weber, Jörg

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Jörg Weber joerg.weber@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

The decision to buy a home is one of the most important choices faced by a household. Most young households who purchase a home do so using a mortgage. But mortgages are complex financial instruments and this complexity may be a barrier to less sophisticated households becoming homeowners. Using survey data from a sample of English and Welsh households we measure household financial literacy related to mortgages, including concepts such as loan duration, interest compounding and amortization. We find that in the population mortgage financial literacy is generally low and among renters mortgage financial literacy is substantially worse than among homeowners. Econometric estimates show mortgage financial literacy predicts home ownership for younger, but not for older households. Financial literacy also affects the type of mortgage and leverage position of younger households. Young homeowners with poorer financial literacy take on larger mortgage debts and are more likely to use alternative mortgage products.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of Urban Economics
Print ISSN 0094-1190
Electronic ISSN 0094-1190
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 99
APA6 Citation Gathergood, J., & Weber, J. (in press). Financial literacy: a barrier to home ownership for the young?. Journal of Urban Economics, 99, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jue.2017.02.001
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jue.2017.02.001
Keywords Home ownership; Financial literacy; Mortgages; Household finance
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094119017300062
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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