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

25 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2010

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Rory Coulter

University of St. Andrews

Maarten van Ham

Delft University of Technology - OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies; University of St. Andrews; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Peteke Feijten

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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: residential mobility, moving desires, moving expectations, satisfaction, longitudinal data

JEL Classification: J61, R21, R23

Suggested Citation

Coulter, Rory and van Ham, Maarten and Feijten, Peteke, A Longitudinal Analysis of Moving Desires, Expectations and Actual Moving Behaviour. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5277. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1700446

Rory Coulter (Contact Author)

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Maarten Van Ham

Delft University of Technology - OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies ( email )

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Peteke Feijten

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