Awarding body: ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Total value: £488.000
Grant holder (LSE Statistics and Bristol): Professor Fiona Steele
Start/end date: 01/10/2010 - 31/03/2014
Summary: Housing transitions - such as changes in housing tenure, residential mobility - are the outcomes of a complex history of other life course events such as union formation and dissolution, births of children, and changes in employment. The principal aim of this project is to examine the extent to which housing transitions and residential location choice are influenced by fertility outcomes such as the birth of a(nother) child or a child reaching primary or secondary school age, allowing for the effects of other social processes such as union formation and dissolution and employment changes.
Another aim of the project is to explore spatial variation in fertility by residential context, distinguishing rural areas and different size urban areas, and the effects of area characteristics on mobility and location choice. In addition, we examine housing market effects on residential mobility and fertility. The project also investigates a number of important methodological issues in the analysis of household panel data.
Methodological research considers different approaches to the analysis of household-level decisions using longitudinal individual-level data when household composition changes over time, adjustment for unmeasured individual characteristics that affect both changes in housing and changes in fertility, non-ignorable attrition when drop-out is directly influenced by moving home, and estimation of push and pull effects of area characteristics in residential location choice.
More information can be found on the website of the Centre for Multilevel Modelling, University of Bristol.