Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Urban and Public Affairs

Committee Chair

Bourassa, Steven C., 1957-

Author's Keywords

Housing tenure; Immigrants; Citizenship


Immigrants--Housing--United States


While housing tenure choice by the general population and minorities has been studied by a good number of researchers, current research on the tenure choice by immigrants has been limited and sporadic. This study provides further understanding of the immigrant households' housing tenure choice. Using Public Use Microdata files from the 2000 U.S. census, this study makes a number of methodological improvements to model the predictors of homeownership among the immigrants from 10 countries. The housing tenure choice predictors of immigrant households are also compared to those of the native-born counterparts to illustrate the differences in the factors affecting housing tenure choice. Overall this study finds that the housing tenure choice behaviors of immigrants are not only different from native-born citizens, but also different across country of origin. Furthermore, U.S. citizenship seems to play a key role in determining housing tenure choice among immigrants. Some tentative policy recommendations are also provided in the final chapter based on the findings.