Right to buy … time to move? Investigating the moving behaviour of right to buy owners in the UK

Maarten Van Ham, Lee Williamson, Petra Maria Feijten, Paul Joseph Boyle

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Abstract

Part of the political argument in favour of the right to buy (RTB) was that it would stimulate the economy by encouraging the inter-regional mobility of those in public sector housing. This is the first study to examine whether RTB-owners are indeed more mobile than those in social housing. Using longitudinal data from the British household panel survey and panel regression models we show that the probability of a RTB-owner making a long distance move falls between that of social renters and owner occupiers. However, the difference between RTB-owners and homeowners or social renters is not significant. Social renters are significantly less likely to move over long distances than traditional owners. The results also suggest that RTB-owners are less likely than traditional owners to move for job related reasons, but more likely than social renters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-146
JournalJournal of Housing and the Built Environment
Volume28
Issue number1
Early online date13 Jun 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • Right to buy
  • Residential mobility
  • Migration
  • Moving reasons
  • Longitudinal data
  • United Kingdom

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