The regional dimension of intergenerational proximity in the Netherlands

  • Van der Pers M
  • Mulder C
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Previous research has shown the impact of individual characteristics on
intergenerational proximity but has largely ignored the regional
dimension of such proximity. In this paper, we examine the regional
variation in intergenerational proximity in the Netherlands. We address
this issue by incorporating indicators of urbanisation and regional
culture in an analysis of the likelihood that adult children live within
daily reach (within a distance of 5 or 20km) of their older parents. We
also depict the spatial variation in intergenerational proximity in
maps. Employing logistic regression on nearly 5 million parent-child
dyads extracted from register data, we find that the degree of
urbanisation of the residential municipality of the two generations
shows contrasting effects: a positive association for the degree of
urbanisation of the parents' municipality, a negative association for
the children's. Older parents living in areas in which more conservative
and collectivist attitudes prevail are more likely to have their adult
children living close to them. After accounting for the municipality
dummies, the explanatory power of the model improves considerably.
However, substantial spatial variation in intergenerational proximity
remains largely unexplained after controlling for the regional
characteristics. Copyright (c) 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Intergenerational proximity
  • Older parents
  • Regional differences
  • Register data
  • The Netherlands

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  • Marieke Van der Pers

  • Clara H. Mulder

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