Volume 15 - Article 13 | Pages 401-412

Population and housing: A two-sided relationship

By Clara Mulder

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Date received:20 Sep 2006
Date published:14 Nov 2006
Word count:3727
Keywords:fertility, household formation, housing, population
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2006.15.13
 

Abstract

In this paper I explore the relationship between population and housing. I argue that this relationship is two-sided. On the one hand, the size of a population, and particularly the number of households, determines the demand for housing. On the other hand, the availability of suitable and affordable housing may attract certain categories of migrants. It also influences young people’s opportunities to leave the parental home, marry or cohabit, and have children. Furthermore, home-ownership hampers residential mobility and migration by binding people to a place.

Author's Affiliation

Clara Mulder - University of Groningen, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Population Research Centre, Netherlands [Email]

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