Review of Economics of the Household

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 53–73 | Cite as

Leaving Home in Europe: The Role of Parents’ and Children’s Incomes



This paper examines the role of parents’ and children’s incomes in the ‘leaving home’ decisions of young adults in Europe. Using the ECHP data on 11 European countries, results from random and fixed-effects models suggest that the leaving home decision is positively related to the child’s income. The effect of parents’ income is less clear and of lower magnitude. These patterns are broadly similar among European countries, in spite of significant differences in the institutional contexts.


Leaving home Altruism Co-residence Income distribution Intergenerational transfers 

JEL Classifications

D64 J12 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The World BankWashington DCUSA
  2. 2.LEN-CEBS Université de NantesNantes Cedex 3France
  3. 3.CNAV and INEDParisFrance

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