Is living in the parental home a housing decision? Southern Europe's young working adults from a comparative perspective

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In Southern Europe, the exceptionally high rates of young adults living with their parents might indicate that co-residence is more frequent even among those more likely to live independently. In this study we analyse living in the parental home as a decision of young working adults in four southern European countries in comparison with France, Germany and the United Kingdom. We use the 2012 European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions microdata to estimate the probability of living in the parental home for young working adults aged 18-34. Our core finding is that living with parents is a common decision in southern European countries, whereas in France, Germany and the United Kingdom young working adults opt essentially between ownership and tenancy. The results challenge us to rethink young adults' paths to independent living and the role of public policies in their endeavours.
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JournalRevista de Demografía Histórica-Journal of Iberoamerican Population Studies
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

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