Spallek, M. & Haynes, M. (2019). Order and timing of home ownership and fertility decisions in Australia. Critical Housing Analysis,6(1), M. Lux. 9-21. Czech Republic: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic - Institute of Sociology. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.13060/23362839.2019.6.1.445
The birth of a child and transition into home ownership are markers of progression along a life course. Research shows that pathways to home ownership have become more diverse and deviate from the traditional pathway which was characterised by marriage followed by the birth of a child before entering home ownership. This study investigates the timing and order of the two interrelated events of birth of a child and the transition to home ownership in Australia. Using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia panel survey, we apply a multi-process event history analysis for describing the timing of each event following the formation of a cohabiting relationship. The results suggest that the likelihood of birth increases with prior home ownership attainment but as time passes following the purchase of a home, the likelihood of birth decreases, similarly, the likelihood of home ownership attainment decreased with time following birth.
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