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Contributions of path-dependency and social capital drivers to housing tenure transitions in Britain

Oluwadamilola Aguda (School of Engineering, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Article publication date: 4 April 2019

Issue publication date: 27 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the contributions of path-dependency and some contextual social capital drivers to housing tenure transitions in Britain. Different situations have continued to shape young adults’ housing tenure decisions. However, very little research has been done to investigate the impact of some social capital drivers, such as neighbourhood integration and strength of parental intimacy, on housing tenure decisions in Britain.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is carried out by tracking a sample of young adults in the British Household Panel Survey from 1991 to 2015 until they make tenure transition. Multinomial fixed-effects logistic regression of time to tenure transition was useful for the models, incorporating established economic and demographic drivers and with the inclusion of contextual social capital variables.

Findings

The inclusion of the number of years of parental home ownership experience tends to improve on previous path-dependency indicators of tenure transition. With additional years of parental home ownership experience, British young adults are more likely to remain or return to parental housing. Also, individuals that exchange better with their neighbours are less likely to switch tenure. On the other hand, regularity of contact with parents showed a positive relationship with home ownership or parental housing transitions.

Originality/value

To the best of the author’s knowledge, no study has explored the impact of the duration of socialisation in parental housing and also the impact of some other social capital drivers, such as neighbourhood integration and strength of parental intimacy, on housing tenure decisions among young adults. Hence, it is believed that the findings will further assist policymakers in understanding the dimensions and drivers of tenure shifts.

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Acknowledgements

The author thanks I-SPHERE Heriot-Watt University for their PhD funding which made this research possible. The author also appreciates Professor Chris Leishman for profound research guidance and for comments that greatly improved the manuscript.

Citation

Aguda, O. (2020), "Contributions of path-dependency and social capital drivers to housing tenure transitions in Britain", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 788-806. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHMA-10-2018-0078

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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