Housing adjustment among immigrants in Israel: Application of complementary non-metric and metric techniques

Uzi Rebhun*

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This study applies two different complementary statistical techniques to examine the structure and determinants of homeownership and consumption of household goods among immigrants in Israel. Findings from partial-order analysis (POSAC) reveal significant differences between immigrant groups by type, rather than level, of household characteristics. Suppliers of entertainment (television) and of information-communication (computer) are the items that most strongly distinguish between immigrants. The joint direction of the partially ordered space corresponds with home and car ownership. Immigrant groups are dispersed in different parts of the household typology; with increased duration of residence in Israel immigrants move, albeit in varied rhythms, toward improved housing conditions. A complementary logistic regression analysis, which controls for socio-demographic variation and detailed tenure in Israel, show a likelihood of convergence of immigrants from all origin countries with the core native-born group in owning a home. For other household goods, the findings largely coincide with the typology derived from POSAC. The findings are discussed in reference to three conceptual expectations of "cultural norms", "adjustment", and "structural-environmental considerations".

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)565-590
Number of pages26
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009


  • Consumer goods
  • Homeownership
  • Logistic regression
  • OLS


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