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Moving later in life – preferences and opportunity
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Economics.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, ISSN 1753-8270, E-ISSN 1753-8289, Vol. 11, no 5, p. 852-874Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Statistics from Eurostat show that several European countries have an increasing proportion of elderly people, making their housing situation of increasing interest. For many years, it has been policy in Sweden to help elderly people remain in their current homes for as long as possible. This paper aims to find reasons why people want to move at different stages in life and investigate whether the pattern follows the life cycle in housing. Earlier research has been performed in the USA (Gibler and Clements III, 2011) and in China (Jia and Heath, 2016), but these questions remain understudied in Sweden.

Design/methodology/approach

A model of the demand for adapted houses is designed and tested on data gathered in Gävle in 2012. The method uses a binary choice model with stated preference data.

Findings

The results of this study show that earlier preferences and age determine the future living situation, but that senior living (rental or condominium) is most popular as a future home.

Practical implications

Not everyone has the economic resources to move according to their preferences; reasons include high monthly costs and taxes. Changes in the tax system may produce better moving chains and increase the supply of affordable housing.

Originality/value

The model in this paper could guide future studies within the area.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018. Vol. 11, no 5, p. 852-874
Keywords [en]
Life cycle; Elderly; Demography; Social housing; Stated preference; Adapted housing
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28371DOI: 10.1108/IJHMA-02-2018-0012ISI: 000448740100006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85055286614OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-28371DiVA, id: diva2:1258861
Available from: 2018-10-25 Created: 2018-10-25 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved

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