Homeownership, Dissatisfaction and Voting
21 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2010
Date Written: June 22, 2010
This article explores the relationships between home-ownership, dissatisfaction with city services, and voting turnout, using original survey data. Homeowners are more likely than renters to vote, and the pure effect of ownership does not decrease when controlling for duration of stay. Also, dissatisfaction has a positive and significant effect on likelihood of voting. When interacting home-ownership and dissatisfaction, we find that dissatisfied homeowners are significantly more likely to vote than dissatisfied renters. These results are consistent with Fischel’s (2001) home-voter hypothesis.
Keywords: homeownership, dissatisfaction, voting, local public services
JEL Classification: D72, H79
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