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Residential Relocations and their Consequences

Life course effects in England and Germany


Part of the Life Course Research book series (LCR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Philipp M. Lersch
    Pages 1-9
  3. Philipp M. Lersch
    Pages 43-70
  4. Philipp M. Lersch
    Pages 71-110
  5. Philipp M. Lersch
    Pages 129-159
  6. Philipp M. Lersch
    Pages 161-193
  7. Philipp M. Lersch
    Pages 235-248
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 249-290

About this book


Philipp M. Lerschshows that residential relocations may change individuals’ lives for the better but also for the worse depending on theirresources, restrictions and contextual conditions. A comparative analysis of English and German panel data reveals that relocations improve the quality of dwellings on average in both countries, but improvements strongly depend on life course stages and economic resources of individuals. Only few individuals improve their neighbourhoods when relocating. Conditions in the housing market are important determinants of these changes. Gender inequality persists in the occupational outcomes of relocations in England and West Germany. Due to institutional conditions, residential trajectories in England exhibit more variation and a higher risk of changes forthe worse than in Germany. These innovative findings will inspire further research on the consequences of residential relocations. 



  • Room Stress and Residential Relocations
  • Neighbourhood Quality Changes
  • Long-Distance Relocations and Subsequent Employment
  • Institutional Conditions of Outcomes after Residential Relocations


Target Groups

  • Researchers and students of sociology, social geography and demography
  • Experts and practitioners of urban planning and real estate


The Author

Philipp M. Lersch is Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at Tilburg University, Department of Sociology.


Country Comparison Labor Market Living Moving Mobility Neighborhood

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

About the authors

Philipp M. Lersch is Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at Tilburg University, Department of Sociology.

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