One of the limitations highlighted by the consumer acculturation literature is the lack of empirical research to identify better constructs or indicators of consumer acculturation. In this article, the use of homeownership by immigrants in the host society is proposed as an indicator of advanced consumer acculturation. The decision to own a home by a minority group, such as immigrants, represents a key landmark in the process of adaptation to the new culture and a commitment with the host country's values and culture. The empirical case used is the immigrant population of Spain. The sharp rise in its foreign-born population during the last decade and the significantly higher homeownership rates of natives in comparison with other countries makes the Spanish scenario a relevant case study. The results obtained show homeownership is linked to features associated with highly acculturated consumers. Moreover, the analysis conducted reveals important differences in the way immigrants from different origins advance in their consumer acculturation processes and suggest distinct approaches when marketing to these groups.
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Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Gonzalez-Fuentes, M.V., & Iglesias-Fernandez, C. (2013). Homeownership as a sign of immigrants' consumer acculturation: The role of region of origin. Journal of Global Marketing, 26(2), 80-97. doi:10.1080/08911762.2013.804615
Journal of Global Marketing