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UI Study Examines Homeownership and Child Welfare

Homeownership has long been heralded as better for children. Kids raised in owned--as opposed to rented--homes show higher math and reading scores and less tendency to drop out of high school. New research by DAVID BARKER of the University of Iowa and Eric Miller of the Congressional Budget Office indicates that homeownership actually has little to no effect on how kids do in school. Their paper, "Homeownership and Child Welfare," which appears in the summer issue of Real Estate Economics, is drumming up interest in housing-policy circles for calling into question one of the basic rationalizations for encouraging people to own homes.


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