A longitudinal analysis of moving desires, expectations and actual moving behaviour

Rory Christopher Coulter, Maarten Van Ham, Peteke Feijten

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    Abstract

    Residential mobility theory proposes that moves are often preceded by the expression of moving desires and expectations. Much research has investigated how individuals form these premove thoughts, with a largely separate literature examining actual mobility. Although a growing number of studies link premove thoughts to subsequent moving behaviour, these often do not distinguish explicitly between different types and combinations of premove thoughts. Using 1998-2006 British Household Panel Survey data, this study investigates whether moving desires and expectations are empirically distinct premove thoughts. Using multinomial regression models we demonstrate that moving desires and expectations have different meanings, and are often held in combination: the factors associated with expecting to move differ depending upon whether the move is also desired (and vice versa). Next, using panel logistic regression models, we show that different desire expectation combinations have different effects on the probability of subsequent moving behaviour. The study identified two important groups generally overlooked in the literature: those who expect undesired moves and those who desire to move without expecting this to happen.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2742-2760
    Number of pages19
    JournalEnvironment and Planning A
    Volume43
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

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