Residential mobility and neighborhood inequality during the transition to adulthood


Brazil, N. & Clark, W. A. V. (2018). Residential mobility and neighborhood inequality during the transition to adulthood. Urban Geography.


There is ongoing interest on the outcomes of residential mobility during the young adulthood. In this paper, we examine movement in and out of disadvantaged and advantaged neighborhoods as individuals move out of the family home and experience significant life course events. Using longitudinal data on young adults in the United States from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, we find that while the point-in-time measure of the neighborhood poverty gap (the difference between the most and least advantaged neighborhoods) remained nearly identical from adolescence to young adulthood. But the neighborhood poverty gap between individuals starting out in the least and most disadvantaged residential settings decreased by 18.2 percentage points. In other words, cross sectional estimates of the poverty gap do not capture the dynamism of changes in poverty with young adult transitions. Partner formation, home ownership, and educational attainment are important life course transitions associated with significant moves up and down the neighborhood poverty distribution. © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.



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Export Date: 21 September 2018 Article in Press

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Journal Article

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Urban Geography


Brazil, N.
Clark, W. A. V.

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