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A Longitudinal Analysis of Moving Desires, Expectations and Actual Moving Behaviour

Rory Coulter (), Maarten van Ham and Peteke Feijten ()
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Rory Coulter: University of Cambridge
Peteke Feijten: University of St. Andrews

No 5277, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Many theories of residential mobility contend that individuals express a sequence of moving desires, intentions and expectations prior to moving. Much research has investigated how individuals form these pre-move thoughts, with a largely separate literature examining actual mobility. Only a few studies have attempted to link pre-move thoughts to subsequent actual moves, but these often do not explicitly distinguish between different types and combinations of pre-move thoughts. Using 1998-2006 British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) data, this study is the first to investigate whether moving desires and expectations are empirically distinct pre-move thoughts. Using multinomial regression models we demonstrate that moving desires and expectations have different meanings, and often occur in combination: the factors associated with expecting to move differ depending upon whether the move is also desired (and vice versa). Next, using panel logistic regression models, we show that different desire-expectation combinations have different effects on the probability of subsequent moving behaviour.

Keywords: moving expectations; moving desires; longitudinal data; satisfaction; residential mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 R21 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2010-10
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Published in: Environment and Planning A , 2011, 43 (11), 2742-2760

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