Women Who Rent Weigh Less

Women Who Rent Weigh Less

Rachael Grad
Jun 22, 2009

Perhaps another reason to rent rather than own — women who own their home weigh 12 pounds more on average than women who rent. A study at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School compared 600 women and found that along with weighing more, homeowners were also "carrying around more aggravation, making less time for leisure, and were less likely to spend time with friends." Do you buy it? More info on the study below the jump...

Grace Wong Bucchianeri, an assistant professor of real estate at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, conducted the study and says that female homeowners "consistently report a higher level of pain — or what you might call negative feelings — connected to their home, and that's after controlling for all kinds of demographic characteristics, their financial situation, how many children they have and so on." She believes that homeowners spend more time working on their home instead of leisure activities like exercising.

Do you agree?

The study is currently under review for publication in the Journal of Urban Economics. Check out the full Candwest News Service article: Females who rent weigh less: Survey; Homeowning women outweigh their renting counterparts by an average of 12 pounds.

(Images: Alexandra Bandon, Cressida Payavis via This Old House)

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