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Using American Housing Survey data from 1999 only, Ngai and Tenreyro (2014) show households who move in the summer occupy their home for longer and have fewer and less costly renovations soon after purchase, pointing to superior match quality during the thicker summer market. However, applying the same methods to other years of the American Housing Survey eliminates or substantially weakens these results. Furthermore, Ngai and Tenreyro’s result on duration of occupancy is driven in part by the particular way Ngai and Tenreyro measure duration in years, rather than months.

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