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Residential proximity of parents and their adult offspring in the United Kingdom, 2009–10

Chan, TW; Ermisch, J; (2015) Residential proximity of parents and their adult offspring in the United Kingdom, 2009–10. Population Studies , 69 (3) pp. 355-372. 10.1080/00324728.2015.1107126. Green open access

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Abstract

Using data from a large household survey representative of the UK population, we studied how closely parents and adult children live to each other. We show that residential mobility over the life course tends to increase with the physical distance between the homes of parent and child. There are large differences in intergenerational proximity between the foreign-born and UK-born, and between ethnic groups. The determinants of intergenerational proximity from the parent's viewpoint are not identical to those from the child's viewpoint. Contrary to the findings of some earlier studies, intergenerational proximity, from the child's viewpoint, does not vary with the number of siblings. But from the parent's viewpoint, having more children is unambiguously associated with a higher probability of living close to at least one child. We end with a brief discussion of some possible implications of several long-term demographic trends in the UK for intergenerational proximity.

Type: Article
Title: Residential proximity of parents and their adult offspring in the United Kingdom, 2009–10
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2015.1107126
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00324728.2015.1107126
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, residential mobility, life course, ethnicity, education, fertility, siblings
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/1534615
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