|Title||Moving the Nest: A Look at the Effects of Family and Work Status Change in Later Mid-Life|
|Year of Publication||1998|
|Institution||University of Chicago - Population Research Center|
|Keywords||Adult children, Demographics, Employment and Labor Force, Health Conditions and Status, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction|
Using data from the first two Waves of the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS), this research examines the relationship between migration, family change, and work status change in later mid-life. The results suggest that both family and work status change have significant effects on mobility in later mid-life. The findings for work status change appear consistent with theories of labor force migration: Individuals who worked full-time at both waves were significantly less likely to move long distances than nearly every other group. Departure from the labor force increased the likelihood that an individual experienced a move, either locally and interstate. Changes in the number of adult children resident in a household are found to have strong and significant effects on mobility in later mid-life. Adult children returning home are positively associated with both local and interstate moves. Children leaving home have an even greater impact on mobility. A previously unreported finding is that adult children leaving home have a significant positive effect on long-distance mobility. These findings extend the migration literature by seeking to explain mobility and migration in the context of family and work change over the life course.
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