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A Longitudinal Analysis of Moving Desires, Expectations and Actual Moving Behaviour

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  • Coulter, Rory

    ()
    (University of Cambridge)

  • van Ham, Maarten

    ()
    (Delft University of Technology)

  • Feijten, Peteke

    ()
    (University of St. Andrews)

Abstract

Many theories of residential mobility contend that individuals express a sequence of moving desires, intentions and expectations prior to moving. Much research has investigated how individuals form these pre-move thoughts, with a largely separate literature examining actual mobility. Only a few studies have attempted to link pre-move thoughts to subsequent actual moves, but these often do not explicitly distinguish between different types and combinations of pre-move thoughts. Using 1998-2006 British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) data, this study is the first to investigate whether moving desires and expectations are empirically distinct pre-move thoughts. Using multinomial regression models we demonstrate that moving desires and expectations have different meanings, and often occur in combination: the factors associated with expecting to move differ depending upon whether the move is also desired (and vice versa). Next, using panel logistic regression models, we show that different desire-expectation combinations have different effects on the probability of subsequent moving behaviour.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5277.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Publication status: published in: Environment and Planning A, 2011, 43 (11), 2742 – 2760
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5277

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Keywords: moving expectations; moving desires; residential mobility; satisfaction; longitudinal data;

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  1. Boheim, Rene & Taylor, Mark P, 2002. "Tied Down or Rome to Move? Investigating the Relationships between Housing Tenure, Employment Status and Residential Mobility in Britain," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 49(4), pages 369-92, September.
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  1. Coulter, Rory & van Ham, Maarten & Findlay, Allan M., 2013. "New Directions for Residential Mobility Research: Linking Lives through Time and Space," IZA Discussion Papers 7525, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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