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Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Gary Birkenbeuel

Reader 2

Sean Flynn

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2019 Aleesha X Yan


This paper focuses on the implications of marital status on homeownership trends. Using data from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA), over years 2006-2017, I use a linear regression model to first examine factors that contribute to declining marriage rates. Factors that affect marriage rates include race, gender, personal income, employment. Next, I analyze the impact of marital status on homeownership trends. Our results show that those who have never been married have a negative relationship with homeownership. This holds true for both females and males. Overall, women showed stronger correlation towards decisions of homeownership over men across all variables. Certain variables like employment, race, education, and age affects one's decision to own over rent while personal income showed little to no influence.

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