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Young Adults’ Housing Tenure Choices after Leaving the Parental Home: An Empirical Analysis Based on the German SOEP

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Jonas Kemmerling



In this master’s thesis, I examined the housing tenure choices of young adults after leaving the parental home. By distinguishing between four tenure types in owning, renting, subletting, and living in dormitories, I could add to the existing literature on housing and provide new insights into the housing careers of home leavers. I used data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and assessed the housing tenures of 4,312 home leavers between 1985 and 2019. While four out of five home leavers choose to rent, a considerable share of 14.59 % live in sublet dwellings or dormitories immediately after leaving. Over the five-year period covered in my analysis, transitions to homeownership and renting take place. For an assessment of the determinants of these choices, I used multinomial logistic regressions with individual, background, and contextual predictors. The multivariate results show that income is positively associated with homeownership, whereas university enrolment and unstable employment arrangements increase the log-odds of subletting and living in dormitories. Furthermore, cohabitation and family formation is an important determinant of homeownership at later time-points. Overall, the findings are in line with the literature and support my hypotheses which were derived from a life course approach focusing on interactions between life domains.