Cover: Housing search and mobility

Housing search and mobility

by Kevin F. McCarthy

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Abstract

Examines housing search behavior of low-, moderate-, and high-income households to determine how effectively low-income households negotiate for themselves in the open market. Underlying the analysis is a paradigm of search behavior that suggests when households will search, what procedures they will use, and how those procedures influence moving behavior. The paradigm is used to develop hypotheses that are tested by using survey data on residentially mobile renters; these data were collected as part of the RAND Housing Assistance Supply Experiment. The hypotheses consider how search procedures and the frequency of discrimination differ by income level; how discrimination affects search effort; how discrimination, search effort, and housing dissatisfaction are related; and how search procedures affect the ability to find bargains.

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