Homeownership, Political Participation, and Social Capital in Post-Communist Countries and Western Europe

Peter Huber, Josef Montag
2018 Social Science Research Network  
Peter Huber and Josef Montag: Homeownership, Political Participation, and Social Capital in Post-Communist Countries and Western Europe We study whether the positive effects of homeownership on political participation and social capital, found in developed market economies, extend to post-communist countries. We find that homeownership is strongly related to higher participation in local-level and national elections. In postcommunist countries, homeownership is also related to higher social
more » ... o higher social trust. However, the positive association between homeownership and volunteering found in developed market economies does not extend to post-communist countries. Together, our results corroborate that homeownership is associated with positive social benefits. However, these effects are highly heterogeneous and contextdependent.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.3109230 fatcat:c4ixnwxitjempimlstbihil52e