Group living decisions as youths transition to adulthood

  • Steven Garasky
  • R. Jean Haurin
  • Donald R. Haurin
Part of the Population Economics book series (POPULATION)


This study follows teens through young adulthood as they transition to independent living. We focus on a little studied issue: why some youths live in groups rather than alone or with parents. This choice is important because the size of the group has a substantial impact on the demand for dwelling units; the more youths per dwelling the lower is aggregate demand and the greater is population density. Our study also adds to the knowledge of which factors influence youths’ choice of destination as they leave the parental home. The empirical testing uses a discrete hazard model within a multinomial logit framework to allow for more than one possible state transition. We find that economic variables have little impact on the decision of whether to exit to a large versus a small group, while socio-demographic variables matter. We also test a new push-pull hypothesis and find that the pull of economic variables on the probability of exiting the parental home increases as youths reach their mid to late twenties.


Group living household formation home-leaving 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Garasky
    • 1
  • R. Jean Haurin
    • 2
  • Donald R. Haurin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  2. 2.Center for Human Resource ResearchThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Economics, Finance, and Public PolicyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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