Research Paper Working Papers of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change 96-01
Analysis of leaving the parental home and returning to it using panel data
01 Jan 1996
Analysis of the first three waves of the British Household Panel Study (1991-93) indicates substantial changes in the pattern of departure from the parental home among recent cohorts compared with the 1958 cohort. While there appears to have been only a small fall in the median age of leaving home, movements directly from the parental home into partnerships (marriage or cohabitation) are much less important than they used to be. Departures as a student have increased in importance as more recent cohorts remain in education longer. Econometric analyses indicate that parental income and unemployment experiences influence the patterns of departure and return. Evidence is presented that ignoring attrition from the panel biases leaving rates downward and return rates upward, although not dramatically.