Volume 7 - Article 17 | Pages 565-592

A comparative analysis of leaving home in the United States, the Netherlands and West Germany

By Clara H. Mulder, William A.V. Clark, Michael Wagner

Print this page  Facebook  Twitter

 

 
Date received:03 Sep 2002
Date published:11 Dec 2002
Word count:7660
Keywords:Germany, household, leaving the parental home, Netherlands, union formation, United States
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2002.7.17
 

Abstract

We investigate how leaving the parental home differs between three countries with different welfare-state and housing systems: the USA, the Netherlands and West Germany. Using longitudinal survey data, we examine the transitions of leaving home to live with and without a partner.
We find that, much more than in the European countries, union formation has become separated from leaving home in the USA. We also find a different impact of level of education and employment status on leaving-home patterns in the European countries with their social-welfare state system than in the US system in which market forces prevail. The differences are not just related to welfare-state systems but also to the sizes of the countries and the geographical dispersion of jobs and educational opportunities.

Author's Affiliation

Clara H. Mulder - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands [Email]
William A.V. Clark - University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America [Email]
Michael Wagner - Universität zu Köln, Germany [Email]

Other articles by the same author/authors in Demographic Research

» Loss aversion and duration of residence
Volume 35 - Article 36

» Union dissolution and migration
Volume 34 - Article 26

» Family dynamics and housing: Conceptual issues and empirical findings
Volume 29 - Article 14

» Do women delay family formation in expensive housing markets?
Volume 27 - Article 1

» On the links between employment, partnership quality, and the desire to have a first child: The case of West Germany
Volume 24 - Article 24

» Geographical distances between adult children and their parents in the Netherlands
Volume 17 - Article 22

» Family migration and mobility sequences in the United States: Spatial mobility in the context of the life course
Volume 17 - Article 20

» Population and housing: A two-sided relationship
Volume 15 - Article 13

Most recent similar articles in Demographic Research

» How kinship systems and welfare regimes shape leaving home: A comparative study of the United States, Germany, Taiwan, and China
Volume 36 - Article 38    | Keywords: Germany, United States

» Fertility change in the American Indian and Alaska Native population, 1980–2010
Volume 37 - Article 1    | Keywords: United States

» On the normative foundations of marriage and cohabitation: Results from group discussions in eastern and western Germany
Volume 36 - Article 53    | Keywords: Germany

» The welfare state and demographic dividends
Volume 36 - Article 48    | Keywords: United States

» The timing of marriage vis-à-vis coresidence and childbearing in Europe and the United States
Volume 36 - Article 20    | Keywords: United States