Is Leaving Home a Hardship?

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 17.06.2014, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

David C. Ribar (University of Melbourne)


The transition of young adults from their parentsí homes to other living arrangements is a major life-course milestone. Although the causes of nest-leaving have been extensively researched, only a few studies have examined changes in young adultsí well-being that immediately precede and follow these transitions. This study uses the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey to document trajectories of financial hardships, nutrition, and other outcomes among Australians who left their parentsí homes between the ages of 18 and 25 years. The study estimates multivariate fixed-effects models that compare outcomes before and after nest-leaving transitions to mitigate the effects of confounding characteristics. Men and women report increased financial hardships in the years that they leave home and in the first few years that follow, including going without meals and needing to ask friends and family for financial help. Women additionally report missing utility and housing payments.

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