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|2008 ||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.|
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 move...
|Ms Nikola Sander, Professor Martin Bell|
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|Keywords: ||Ageing population, Retirement, Travel, Moving, Retirees, Migration, Behaviour|