Early life course decisions of Central and Eastern Europeans: a gendered connection between family formation and moving intentions?

Vytenis Juozas Deimantas, Università Bocconi

We investigate the connection between the family formation events and spatial mobility in early life course. In the paper we hypothesise that life course events may be positively related, negatively related or not related at all. Furthermore we theorise that gender serves as a channel through which the connection between family formation and spatial mobility is expressed that can be mediated by individual educational attainment. In order to verify the hypotheses, we use Generations and Gender Survey wave 1 data. We run seemingly unrelated bivariate ordered probit regression to estimate the relationship between the early life course events. We find a positive association between family formation events and spatial mobility. However, there is no evidence suggesting this association is channelled through gender or moderated by education. These findings have the following implications. First, there is an indication that life course events are planned jointly. Secondly, the future research ought to focus on realisation of connected marriage, fertility and mobility intentions.

Keywords: Gender, Family planning and contraception, Internal migration, Demographic and social surveys

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  Presented in Session 55. Life Course Approaches to the Transition to Adulthood