A simulation model of residential mobility and housing choice

  • Pieter Hooimeijer
  • Anton Oskamp


Residential mobility is the outcome of housing market search. Mobility rates depend on the search intensity of the household, the arrival rate of opportunities in the market, and the rates of acceptance of these opportunities by the households. Micro-analytical models of overt mobility fail in decomposing the compound rate into its constituent parts and can therefore not distinguish between demand- or supply-driven changes in the housing market. Micro-analytical models of stated preferences are only partial and do not reflect the actual behaviour of households in a specific housing market context. Simulation models of residential mobility and housing market search offer a potential advantage over micro-analytical models, due to their flexible nature. By simulating demand, supply, and the actual match of households to vacancies, a full representation of the housing market can be given.

TheLocSim model presented here is a micro simulation model of a local housing market and is illustrative of the potential for modelling residential mobility. This includes:
  • -the variation in search intensities of households, dependent on the motive for moving, including dependence on events in other than the housing career;

  • -the generation of supply, as an unintended outcome of the residential mobility of households that move to another dwelling;

  • -the adjustment of initial preferences, as households become aware of the opportunities and constraints in the local housing market during their search;

  • -the public choice, with respect to the creation of opportunities by stimulating the construction of dwellings and with respect to imposing constraints on the accessibility of social rented housing.

The application of this model to the specific group of young people in the process of household formation illustrates the sensitivity of the rates of residential mobility and out-migration to shortages and other constraints in the local housing market.


Arrival Rate Housing Market Residential Mobility Parental Home Search Intensity 
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