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A room of one’s own or room enough for two? Access to housing and new household formation in Sweden, 1968–1992


  • Nathanael Lauster



Familistic and individualistic theories both provide explanations for recent declines in family household formation. Securing access to housing plays a key role in new household formation for both these theories. Familistic theories hypothesize a positive relationship between access to housing and new family household formation. Individualistic theories hypothesize a positive relationship between access to housing and nonfamily household formation. Here I test these hypotheses in Sweden by modeling leaving home for family and nonfamily household formation using the Swedish Family Survey and supplemental housing data. I find significant support for the familistic notion that greater access to housing increases the likelihood of family household formation. I fail to find support for the individualistic theory. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

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  • Nathanael Lauster, 2006. "A room of one’s own or room enough for two? Access to housing and new household formation in Sweden, 1968–1992," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 25(4), pages 329-351, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:poprpr:v:25:y:2006:i:4:p:329-351
    DOI: 10.1007/s11113-006-9000-y

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    1. Gholipour, Hassan F. & Farzanegan, Mohammad Reza, 2015. "Marriage crisis and housing costs: Empirical evidence from provinces of Iran," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 107-123.

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    Cohabitation; Family; Housing; Nest-leaving; Sweden;


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