CLEAN - LSE Seminar Series - Adam Soliman (Visiting Bocconi - LSE)


The next CLEAN seminar, in collaboration with LSE, will take place on Wednesday, February 7th 2024, from 4-5 p.m. Italian time.

The presenter will be Adam Soliman (Visiting Bocconi - London School of Economics). The title of the paper is "The Erosion of Homeownership and Minority Wealth", coauthored with Steve Billings.



Since the Great Recession, the traditional path to wealth creation through home ownership has stalled and worsened for many minority households. One potential and largely unexplored driver of this trend is the growing presence of institutional investors that purchase single-family homes and convert them to permanent rentals. We find that large institutional investors alone have decreased homeownership rates in Black neighborhoods in high growth southern cities like Charlotte, North Carolina by 4 percentage points. Using a granular spatial difference-in-differences estimator, we show that an institutional investor purchase leads to a 2% decline in neighboring property values. This effect is almost exclusively limited to majority Black suburban neighborhoods. These property value declines are also associated with commonly hypothesized social spillovers from the loss of homeownership, namely increases in crime and decreases in property maintenance and political participation.


The seminar will take place in Room 2-B3-SR02, 2nd floor, via Roentgen 1.
You may follow the event online via Zoom Meetings at the following link: - Meeting ID: 935 3789 3727 - Passcode: 327396