Migration and the life course: Does retirement trigger interregional moves?

Sander, Nikola and Bell, Martin (2008). Migration and the life course: Does retirement trigger interregional moves?. In: Proceedings of the European Population Conference. European Population Conference, Barcelona, Spain, (1-19). 9-12 July 2008.

Author Sander, Nikola
Bell, Martin
Title of paper Migration and the life course: Does retirement trigger interregional moves?
Conference name European Population Conference
Conference location Barcelona, Spain
Conference dates 9-12 July 2008
Proceedings title Proceedings of the European Population Conference
Publication Year 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Oral presentation
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In the context of population ageing, a good deal of controversy has emerged as to how we are to live in an ageing society. Of current concern to industry, government, and society are the consequences for tax bases, demographic compositions and social service requirements that will arise from the baby boomers cohort reaching retirement in the foreseeable future. The baby boom is of distinctive nature with respect to past migration and holiday experiences, altered household structures, increased affluence and education levels. Along with the sheer size of the baby boom, these qualities underscore the need for comprehensive studies on the redistributional trends of the elderly in general and, in particular, the retirement-aged population. Although the patterns and intensities of retirement migration have been examined in several studies (Frey 1986, Haas and Serow 2002, Longino and Bradley 2003, Rogers 1988, Serow 2001), there is, as yet, no clear understanding of the causal relationships that underlie the migration behaviour of retirees. Even more importantly, the behavioural models that form the theoretical basis of most existing cross-sectional studies have barely been tested, mainly due to data and methodological constraints. Using the Household Income and Labour Dynamics Australia (HILDA) panel survey, 2001-06, we develop better insights into the causal relationship between two life course events: retirement and migration. We employed a representative sample of Australians who retired during the 6-year survey period and constructed a series of discrete-time hazard models that examined the pattern of duration dependence and the variations in the hazard of migration by type of move, socio-demographic characteristics and other contextual factors. Our results showed that the hazard of moving over long distances was highest in the year prior to retirement, while the hazard of undertaking short-distance moves was highest in the year of retirement. Long-distance movers tended to be well-educated, in the ‘empty nest’ stage and in their 50s, while short-distance moves were mainly undertaken for housing-related reasons.
Subjects 11 Medical and Health Sciences
1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Keyword Ageing population
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
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