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Decomposing residential self-selection via a life-course perspective

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  • Cynthia Chen
  • Haiyun Lin
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    We propose a decomposition of residential self-selection by understanding the process of its formation. We take a life-course perspective and postulate that locations experienced early in life can have a lasting effect on our locational preferences later in life. In other words, what was experienced spatially is a key factor contributing to our residential self-selection, and our preferences in residential locations are formed long before the onset of our self-selection. We further hypothesize that this prior-location influence is modified by the duration and recency of the prior stay. Using a dataset collected in the New York City Area, we estimated a series of multinomial logit models to test these hypotheses. The results confirm the prior-location influence and demonstrate that this precedes residential self-selection and is impacted by its own properties such as duration and recency. Furthermore, the analysis separating child-bearing households from non-child-bearing households shows an interaction between prior-location influence and the presence of children.

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    Article provided by Pion Ltd, London in its journal Environment and Planning A.

    Volume (Year): 43 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 11 (November)
    Pages: 2608-2625

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    Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:43:y:2011:i:11:p:2608-2625

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