The project studies the interplay between housing and other dimensions of social inequality.
Social inequalities feed directly into opportunities of families at the housing market, and how they choose their housing positions. House prices and consequently housing equity vary over time. Different choices in the housing market furthermore yield varying access to neighbourhood qualities, local public goods and social capital. Hence, social inequality does not only lead to inequalities in housing, but inequalities in housing can also over time exacerbate or mitigate other dimensions of social inequality.
These interdependencies between social inequality and housing are the overarching topic of our proposed project. Random variation, or luck, is an often understated factor contributing to the dynamics of social inequalities, and the housing market is one particular arena where luck may play a prominent role.
In order to investigate in more detail the interplay between housing and other dimensions of social inequality we formulate four work packages in which we investigate how the housing careers and other important trajectories of the life course are intertwined.
We study possible long-term effects of children of growing up in private or social renting with an emphasis on high school completion rates. Using vacancy chain models we study how choices of individual families affect opportunities for other families, both in the short and long run. Finally, we investigate how the life course of individuals subsequent to divorce or spousal loss depends on past and present housing conditions.
Theoretically, our analyses are rooted in a life course framework. The project has an empirical approach. We utilize large scale register data, taking due account of the selection and simultaneity problems inherent in the phenomena studied and the fact that shared unobservables are important determinants of outcomes.
- Terje Wessel
- George Galster
- Anna Santiago
- John Östh
- University of Oslo
- Uppsala University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Wayne State University
- Turner, L.M.; Östh, J. (2020). Trap or opportunity—What role does geography play in the use of cash for childcare?. I: Population, Space and Place.
- George Galster & Terje Wessel (2019). Reproduction of social inequality through housing: A three-generational study from Norway. Social science research, 78:119-136
- Magnusson Turner, Lena & Terje Wessel (2019). Housing market filtering in the Oslo region: pro-market housing policies in a Nordic welfare-state context. International journal for housing policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/19491247.2018.1540740
- Nordvik, Viggo & Lina Hedman (2018). Neighbourhood attainment of children of immigrants in Greater Oslo: Intergenerational inertia and the role of education. Population Space and Place. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2192
- Wessel, Terje, Lena Magnusson Turner & Viggo Nordvik (2018) Population dynamics and ethnic geographies in Oslo: the impact of migration and natural demographic change on ethnic composition and segregation. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 33(4): 789-805
- Wessel, Terje & Viggo Nordvik (2018). Mixed neighbourhoods and native out-mobility in the Oslo region: the importance of parenthood. Urban Studies, 56(5): 885-905
- Galster, George & Lena Magnusson Turner (2017). Status discrepancy as a driver of residential mobility: Evidence from Oslo. Environment and planning A, 49(9): 2155-2175
- Nordvik, Viggo & Per Åhren (2017) Bring it back in. Housing. Theory and Society, 34(2), 159-166