Economic and Cultural Influences on the Decision to Leave Home in Peninsular Malaysia
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Although the departure of children from the parental home is an important life-cycle event, few studies have investigated nestleaving in developing countries. Using retrospective data from the Second Malaysian Family Life Survey, the authors estimate hazard models of nestleaving in Peninsular Malaysia. The authors find that the departure of children, especially sons, responds to economic incentives, including housing costs, family business, education and economic growth, and that ethnic differences in nestleaving are important. The authors also find that the median age of departure from home has declined sharply over the past forty years, a period of rapid social and economic change in Malaysia.
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