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Constructing a Housing Database for Family Formation Analyses in Europe 1945-2010.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to discuss the connections between housing policy and family dynamics, and to show how and why housing policy can affect fertility. Since WWII housing policy has changed considerably in European countries. The general policy trend has moved away from ample state subsidies and state regulations of housing markets, towards free market solutions for housing and housing construction, sharply decreasing general housing subsidies and a shift instead towards appointed subsidies to low-income areas and low-income groups. In spite of similar trends in housing policies between European countries, there are temporal as well as spatial variations between countries. These differences offer a possibility to identify effects of housing market conditions on fertility and family dynamics. One result of the changing policy trends is higher general costs for housing at household level. Based on empirical research it has been shown that there are significant links between housing costs and family dynamics, as increasing costs for housing has led to decreasing rates of fertility. Most European countries today face declining birth-rates. Analysing the connections between housing policy and fertility may therefore be highly relevant in order to better understand the effects of housing policies on society, in particular, the consequences for population development and family dynamics. At present, however, such studies may be carried out at national levels, but, at European level, these analyses are challenging, since there is a lack of data infrastructure and the data bases required for such research approach. This paper therefore suggests how a European data base on housing policy and housing market could be designed, by discussing essential variables and indicators to include in such a data base.

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housing, family formation, housing policy, data base
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71828OAI: diva2:486079
ENHR-conference (European Network for Housing Research) Toulouse France, July 5-8 2011
Available from: 2012-01-30 Created: 2012-01-30 Last updated: 2012-02-16Bibliographically approved

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