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Friendship ties and geographical mobility: evidence from Great Britain

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Publication date

2009

Abstract

A common finding in analyses of geographic mobility is a strong association between past movement and current mobility.We argue that one of the driving forces behind this pattern is the strength of local social ties outside the household.We use data from the British Household Panel Survey on the location of the three closest friends and the frequency of meetings with them. We estimate the processes of friendship formation and residential mobility jointly, allowing for correlation between the two processes. Our results show that a larger number of close friends living nearby substantially reduces movement of 20 miles or more.

Published in

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society)

Volume and page numbers

172 (2):427-442 , 427 -443

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-985X.2008.00566.x

Subjects

Social Groups, Regional Economics, and Social Capital

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1599822~S5

Notes

Originally 'Early View' 22 Sept.2008; Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to Univ. Essex registered users*


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