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Leaving The Nest: Between Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces


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  • Anne Laferrère



The way in which young people leave home has changed over the last twenty years due to massive enrolment in higher education and unemployment fluctuations. The increase in coresidence with parents from 1984 to 1996 was due mainly to the development of higher education. Coresidence decreased with the drop in unemployment from 1996 to 2002. However, there is still little known about how parental income influences young adults decisions to leave home. Using the 2002 Housing survey, we deem that the children from the poorest and the richest families are most likely to leave home. Yet the quality of the parental housing is an important factor. Its location is key. Less space encourages children to leave home, as does the lack of privacy due to the presence of a stepparent. Given an equal quality of parental housing, children are more likely to leave home when their parents can assist them.

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Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

Volume (Year): 381-382 (2005)
Issue (Month): (October)
Pages: 147-175

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Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es381-382g

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Keywords: Altruism; Housing Demand; Living Arrangements; Youth; Family Structure;

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