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Family formation, parental background and young adults’ first entry into homeownership in Britain and Germany

Bayrakdar, Sait, Coulter, Rory, Lersch, Philipp M and Vidal, Sergi (2019) Family formation, parental background and young adults’ first entry into homeownership in Britain and Germany Housing Studies, 34 (6). pp. 974-996.

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Although previous research shows that family dynamics and parental socio-economic status influence the timing of young adults’ first entry into homeownership, much less is known about how the role of family factors may vary across countries with different housing systems. In this paper, we use panel survey data from Britain and Germany to compare how family life course careers and parental socio-economic background influence young adults’ initial entry into homeownership in these two divergent national contexts. The results show that in Britain, first-time homeownership transitions are tightly synchronised with partnership formation. By contrast, in Germany first moves into homeownership typically occur later around or after the arrival of children. Parental owner-occupation accelerates entry into homeownership in both contexts, while the effects of other parental characteristics are relatively muted. Furthermore, the results highlight how individual socio-economic factors are critical determinants of entering owner-occupation. This is particularly true in Britain where there is a strong socio-economic gradient in first-time homeownership transitions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Coulter, Rory
Lersch, Philipp M
Vidal, Sergi
Date : 2019
Funders : ESRC
DOI : 10.1080/02673037.2018.1509949
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Families; Homeownership; Life course; Social stratification; Young adults
Depositing User : Users 8 not found.
Date Deposited : 07 Aug 2018 09:31
Last Modified : 09 May 2020 02:08

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