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Determinants of young Europeans' decision to leave the parental household


  • Ghidoni, Michele

    (University College London)


I estimated a dynamic model of departure of young people from the parental home using ECHP, BHPS, GSOEP and found that the large differences in household structure across Europe can partly be explained by income and labour market characteristics: for Southern males economic circumstances are important: current income and employment status affect departure, while potential earnings do not, and higher family income discourages departures more than in the North. Southernersí low departure rates seem to be the result of limited labour market opportunities. A model with multiple destinations is shown to be significantly better than a dichotomous one.

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  • Ghidoni, Michele, 2002. "Determinants of young Europeans' decision to leave the parental household," Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2002 85, Royal Economic Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:ac2002:85

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    1. Sascha Becker & Samuel Bentolila & Ana Fernandes & Andrea Ichino, 2004. "Job Insecurity and Children's Emancipation," CESifo Working Paper Series 1144, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Lisa Bell & Janet Gornick & Timothy Smeeding & Gary Burtless, 2007. "Failure to Launch: Cross-National Trends in the Transition to Economic Independence," LIS Working papers 456, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.

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