Understanding the transient population: insights from linked administrative data

  • Nan Jiang
  • Gail PachecoEmail author
  • Kabir Dasgupta


There is growing evidence that frequent residential relocation is often associated with adverse socio-economic outcomes related to education, health and wellbeing. Prior research aimed at exploring the extent of residential movement has usually been restricted to survey evidence or infrequent census data. This study makes use of newly linked administrative data to design a framework for quantifying different levels and types of residential movement for an entire population. Within this context, we are able to derive working definitions for the transient and vulnerable transient. We also assess their interaction with a number of social service providers as well as important life events, both prior to and during the sample period. Our research contributes to understanding the key risk factors (in terms of both experience and intensity) associated with transience for adults, youth and children.


Residential mobility Transience Linked administrative data Neighbourhood deprivation 



We are grateful to several individuals and organisations for providing us with helpful comments. This includes the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit—Superu (Jason Timmins and John Wren); Victoria University of Wellington (Phillip Morrison) and Statistics NZ’s microdata team. We also thank Superu for sponsoring this research. Any errors or omissions remain the responsibility of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, School of EconomicsAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, NZ Work Research InstituteAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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