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A longitudinal analysis of moving desires, expectations and actual moving behaviour

Coulter, R; van Ham, M; Feijten, P; (2011) A longitudinal analysis of moving desires, expectations and actual moving behaviour. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space , 43 (11) pp. 2742-2760. 10.1068/a44105. Green open access

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Abstract

Residential mobility theory proposes that moves are often preceded by the expression of moving desires and expectations. Much research has investigated how individuals form these premove thoughts, with a largely separate literature examining actual mobility. Although a growing number of studies link premove thoughts to subsequent moving behaviour, these often do not distinguish explicitly between different types and combinations of premove thoughts. Using 1998–2006 British Household Panel Survey data, this study investigates whether moving desires and expectations are empirically distinct premove thoughts. Using multinomial regression models we demonstrate that moving desires and expectations have different meanings, and are often held 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. The study identified two important groups generally overlooked in the literature: those who expect undesired moves and those who desire to move without expecting this to happen.

Type: Article
Title: A longitudinal analysis of moving desires, expectations and actual moving behaviour
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1068/a44105
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1068/a44105
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.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1558438
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