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Doctor of Philosophy


Family Environment


In this dissertation, the relationships among various housing and household characteristics are examined to discover how they relate to each other and to residential mobility. A model of residential mobility is developed and then used to analyze the differential effects on moves of differing order. Event history data were divided into yearly segments and were analyzed using probit procedures. Results support the theory of housing adjustment. Increases in household size in the previous year lead to negative bedroom deficits in the present year. Underlying explanatory variables of bedroom deficit include age at marriage and education of the female, time, months since a move, number of previous moves, mobility in the previous year, and tenure-structure of the current dwelling. Significant explanatory variables of residential mobility include age at marriage and education of the female, time, number of previous moves, bedroom deficit and tenure-structure of the current dwelling. A comparison of the mobility models for each ordered move shows tenure-structure and time to be continuously significant for each move. Bedroom deficits is only significant for the second move. The other explanatory variables varied in significance from one move to the next, leading to the conclusion that factors which explain residential mobility differ depending on the order of the move.



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