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Order and Timing of Home Ownership and Fertility Decisions in Australia
Order and Timing of Home Ownership and Fertility Decisions in Australia

Author(s): Melanie Spallek, Michael Haynes
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Economy, Sociology, Socio-Economic Research
Published by: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.
Keywords: event history analysis; multi-process; life course; home ownership; fertility.

Summary/Abstract: The birth of a child and transition into home ownership are markers of progression along a life course. Research shows that pathways to home ownership have become more diverse and deviate from the traditional pathway which was characterised by marriage followed by the birth of a child before entering home ownership. This study investigates the timing and order of the two interrelated events of birth of a child and the transition to home ownership in Australia. Using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia panel survey, we apply a multi-process event history analysis for describing the timing of each event following the formation of a cohabiting relationship. The results suggest that the likelihood of birth increases with prior home ownership attainment but as time passes following the purchase of a home, the likelihood of birth decreases, similarly, the likelihood of home ownership attainment decreased with time following birth.

  • Issue Year: 6/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 9-21
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English