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Proximity of Couples to Parents: Influences of Gender, Labor Market, and Family

Chan, TW; Ermisch, J; (2015) Proximity of Couples to Parents: Influences of Gender, Labor Market, and Family. Demography , 52 (2) pp. 379-399. 10.1007/s13524-015-0379-0. Green open access

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Abstract

We use household survey data from the UK to study how close middle-aged men and women in partnerships live to their parents and their partner’s parents. We find a slight tendency for couples to live closer to the woman’s parents than the man’s. This tendency is more pronounced among couples in which neither partner has a college degree and in which there is a child. In other respects, proximity to parents is gender-neutral, with the two partners having equal influence on intergenerational proximity. Better-educated couples live farther from their parents. And although certain family characteristics matter, intergenerational proximity is primarily driven by factors affecting mobility over long distances, which are mainly associated with the labor market, as opposed to gender or family circumstances.

Type: Article
Title: Proximity of Couples to Parents: Influences of Gender, Labor Market, and Family
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s13524-015-0379-0
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13524-015-0379-0
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Intergenerational proximity, education, gender, labor market, diagonal reference models.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1534614
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