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Leaving home in Spain: When, where and why?


  • Clare Holdsworth
  • David Voas
  • Mark Tranmer


Holdsworth C., Voas D. and Tranmer M. (2002) Leaving home in Spain: when, where and why?, Reg. Studies 36, 989-1004. Spanish transitions out of the parental home are characterized by older ages of leaving and a close association between leaving home and partnership formation, compared to countries in northern Europe. Yet throughout Spain we find important regional variation in the intensity and timing of leaving home. This paper provides new insights into the causes of this regional diversity, focusing on both economic and cultural dimensions. The analyses are based on multilevel models that control for individual and provincial characteristics. Economic factors play a vital role at the individual level, yet are less important at the provincial level. Regional variation is more closely associated with the impact of both the timing of partnership formation and the relationship between leaving home and getting married. These distinctive regional patterns of leaving home and partnership formation are discussed with reference to historical traditions of family and household formation.

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  • Clare Holdsworth & David Voas & Mark Tranmer, 2002. "Leaving home in Spain: When, where and why?," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(9), pages 989-1004.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:36:y:2002:i:9:p:989-1004
    DOI: 10.1080/0034340022000022206

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