Homeownership, Dissatisfaction and Voting

21 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2010

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Matthew John Holian

San Jose State University - Department of Economics

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

Suggested Citation

Holian, Matthew John, Homeownership, Dissatisfaction and Voting (June 22, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1629303 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1629303

Matthew John Holian (Contact Author)

San Jose State University - Department of Economics ( email )

San Jose, CA 95192
United States

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