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Myongjin Kim, Brent Norwood, Sean O'Connor and Leilei Shen
''I am Jane. Do I pay more in the housing market?''
( 2019, Vol. 39 No.2 )
Do women pay more than men in the housing market? We utilize repeat-sales housing data from ZTRAX to examine if gender gaps exist in house purchase prices and loan-to-price ratios. We find that female homebuyers pay a 2% premium on average. In addition, female homebuyers' loan to price ratio is 3 percentage points lower than that of male buyers. We also show that female buyers pay less when the seller is female than when the seller is male. However, the gender price differentials and loan-to-price differentials are disappearing in more recent years. One possible explanation for the disappearing gender price differentials in house prices and loan-to-price ratios is the shrinking of the gender wage gap in recent years.
Keywords: Gender differences, Housing market, Repeat-sales approach
JEL: R2 - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics: Household Analysis: General
J7 - Labor Discrimination: General
Manuscript Received : Apr 09 2019 Manuscript Accepted : Jun 23 2019

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