Housing Dreams of Young Families – Determinants and Reasons for Moving into a Family Home across Social Classes
Stefanie Kley, University of Hamburg
Anna Stenpaß, University of Hamburg
The analyses are based on representative household data of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP, 2000 – 2014). The probability of moving into a house for one or two families is estimated longitudinally and in comparison between social classes. Additionally, the findings are enriched with findings from in-depth interviews with long commuters.
The results show that social class matters for moving into a family home. Home-ownership and having children are the most important triggers for moving into a family home in all social classes, but other reasons for moving vary. Overcoming a bad location and high costs of the current dwelling are important for both the low and middle classes, but middle class members report improvements of the dwelling and area significantly more often compared to low class members. Moving into a family home worsens the transport link in middle and high classes, and the average commute increases markedly in all social classes, especially in the lower class.
The findings shed light on an under-researched dimension of social inequality between families and the commuting workforce.
Presented in Session 68: Internal Migration and Family Dynamics