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The Gender Gap in Housing Returns

October 27, 2020

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.

About Presenter:

Professor Shue’s academic interests lie at the intersection of behavioral economics and empirical corporate finance. Her research has explored executive social networks, compensation and promotions, sequential decision errors, M&A, corporate social responsibility, persuasion in corporate financial reporting, and errors in voting. Her research has been featured in numerous news outlets including CNN, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal, and has been awarded the AQR Insight Award, the Wharton School-WRDS Award for Best Empirical Finance Paper, and the UBS Global Asset Management Award for Research in Investments. She serves as an editor at the Review of Finance and associate editor at the Journal of Finance. Before joining Yale, Professor Shue taught MBA Corporate Finance at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

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