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Effects of Marital Status Change on Residential Mobility

Alden Speare, Jr. and Frances Kobrin Goldscheider
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 49, No. 2 (May, 1987), pp. 455-464
DOI: 10.2307/352314
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352314
Page Count: 10
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Effects of Marital Status Change on Residential Mobility
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Abstract

Previous research on residential mobility has suggested a strong effect of the family cycle on the likelihood of moving. However, since there is little research that focuses directly on transitions between stages in the family cycle, it is difficult to account for these effects or to separate them from concurrent changes in age, duration of residence, or other factors that influence residential mobility. This research uses detailed mobility data, collected prospectively over 12 years, which has been integrated with complete information on dates of marriage, divorce, and widowhood to create linked life-cycle segments. An extensive body of information is also available on characteristics of these households to control the effects of other factors that relate both to marital status and to mobility, such as home ownership and income. The probability of mobility is modeled as a function that varies both with the time since the last change in marital status and various characteristics. The effects of marriage, divorce, and widowhood both on immediate relocation and on subsequent mobility patterns are assessed.

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