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    Does student loan debt structure young people’s housing tenure? Evidence from England

    de Gayardon, A. and Callender, Claire and DesJardins, S. (2022) Does student loan debt structure young people’s housing tenure? Evidence from England. Journal of Social Policy 51 (2), pp. 221-241. ISSN 0047-2794.

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    This article analyses the interaction between two policy areas affecting young people in England – housing and student funding. It is the first of its kind exploring a range of dynamics in the relationship between housing and student loan debt. Young people today are far less likely to own their home and are more likely to live with their parents than earlier generations. In parallel, higher education tuition fee increases have led to a growing share of students taking out loans and graduating with higher debt, which they will be repaying for most of their working lives. This research examines the relationship between student loans – having borrowed for higher education and attitudes towards debt – and housing tenure at age 25, using the Next Steps dataset. We find that young graduates who did not borrow for higher education are more likely to own their home and less likely to rent or live with their parents than graduates who borrowed for their studies or young people who never attended higher education. These results suggest that higher education funding policies and student loan debt play important roles in structuring young people’s housing in England.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): housing, young people, homeownership, parental co-residence, higher education, student loans
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Claire Callender
    Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2021 14:21
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:06


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