Skip to content

Journal Article

Does Leaving Home Make You Poor? Evidence from 13 European Countries


Publication date

16 Sep 2007


This paper examines the extent to which the relationship between leaving home and entry into poverty among young people is causal: that is, how far poverty entry is the result of leaving home, rather than arising from heterogeneity or selection. Using propensity score matching, we estimate the effect of home-leaving on entry into poverty and deprivation, with data from the European Community Household Panel. We find that leaving home does have a causal effect on poverty entry, particularly in Scandinavian countries; cross-national differences are partly, but not fully, explained by differences in destinations on leaving home.

Published in

European Journal of Population

Volume and page numbers

23 , 315 -338





Not held ASL. Copy index notes from working paper.

Related publications

  1. Does leaving home make you poor? Evidence from 13 European countries

    Arnstein Aassve, Maria A. Davia, and Maria Iacovou


Research home

Research home


Latest findings, new research

Publications search

Search all research by subject and author


Researchers discuss their findings and what they mean for society


Background and context, methods and data, aims and outputs


Conferences, seminars and workshops

Survey methodology

Specialist research, practice and study

Taking the long view

ISER's annual report


Key research themes and areas of interest