Yale School of Management

Ivy Exec Webinar: The Gender Gap in Housing Returns

October 27, 2020, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

The Gender Gap in Housing Returns

In this talk, Yale School of Management finance professor Kelly Shue will discuss her findings that single women see significantly lower returns from buying and selling real estate than single men. Women buy the same property for approximately 2% more and sell for 2% less. In the course of her research, with Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham, Professor Shue analyzed more than 50 million housing transactions from across the U.S. between 1991 and 2017.

When they examined data on the returns, they found a significant difference between men and women owners, due to gender differences in market timing and negotiations. Professor Shue will discuss how these results may help explain the unequal playing field in wealth accumulation and answer questions from the Ivy Exec audience about this groundbreaking study, which recently won the Wharton-WRDS Best Paper Award for advancing important knowledge in housing research.