Leaving Home with a Partner

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Samuel Bentolila

Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Ildefonso Mendez

University of Murcia - Department of Applied Economics

Francisco Maeso Fernández

University of Murcia - Department of Applied Economics

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Date Written: May 31, 2015

Abstract

Leaving the parental home is often a decision made together by two people. In this paper we present a theoretical model analyzing moving out as a joint decision and then test its implications using a new dataset of university graduates collected in the southern Spanish region of Murcia in 2004-2006, which includes information on partners and their parents. In equilibrium we find some evidence of the importance of assortative mating in moving out. Studying partnership, work, and moving out decisions simultaneously we obtain that the latter depend positively on own human capital and they are affected differently by maternal and paternal characteristics and with different effects on men and women.

Keywords: moving out, employment, assortative mating, job security

JEL Classification: D840, J120, J130

Suggested Citation

Bentolila, Samuel and Mendez, Ildefonso and Maeso Fernández, Francisco, Leaving Home with a Partner (May 31, 2015). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5381. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2615744

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Ildefonso Mendez

University of Murcia - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

3010 Murcia
Spain

Francisco Maeso Fernández

University of Murcia - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

3010 Murcia
Spain
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