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New briefing paper

last modified Jun 05, 2017 09:41 AM
New evidence on the role of parents and local house prices on leaving home in Britain

A new Briefing Paper examines the role of parents and local house prices on the leaving home in contemporary Britain.

The results provide evidence that parental resources and local house prices have effects on young adults’ departures from the parental home to different residential destinations. While parental background has little impact on the probability that young people leave home to form partnerships, parental socioeconomic advantage significantly reduces the likelihood that young people leave home to live alone or share accommodation. 

Higher local house prices also significantly reduce the likelihood that young adults exit the parental home. That said, individual level factors exert a very strong impact on patterns of home leaving in contemporary Britain and the effects of local house prices appear to be less pronounced than is commonly assumed in public debates.

The Briefing Paper can be downloaded from the Publications page.