Short- and long-term effects of divorce and separation on housing tenure in England and Wales

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of divorce and separation on individuals’ housing tenure in England and Wales. We apply competing-risks event history models to data from the British Household Panel Survey and the UKHLS Understanding Society to analyse the risk of a move of single, married, cohabiting, and separated men and women to different tenure types. Separated individuals are more likely to experience a tenure change than those who are single or are in a relationship. They are most likely to move to private renting; however, women are also likely to move to social renting whereas men are likely to move to homeownership. This pattern persists when we account for time since separation and order of moves indicating a potential long-term effect of separation on housing tenure. This long-term effect is especially crucial for separated women who cannot afford homeownership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-39
Number of pages23
JournalPopulation Studies
Volume72
Issue number1
Early online date28 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Separation
  • Short- and long-term effect
  • Housing tenure
  • England and Wales
  • Multilevel event history analysis

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