First Housing Moves in Spain: An Analysis of Leaving Home and First Housing Acquisition

  • Clare Holdsworth
  • Mariana Irazoqui Solda


This paper examines young people's firsthousing acquisition in Spain. The majority ofyoung Spanish people leave home to buy aproperty and to live with a partner and/orchild. We examine the extent to which thistransition dominates first housing moves duringthe 1980s and consider the ways in which widerfamily networks facilitate leaving home to buya property. We then examine characteristicsassociated with deviation from this normativeroute. We find alternative transitions,particularly moving into rented accommodation,are more common among young people from moreadvantaged backgrounds, and those living innorthern Spain.

leaving home first housing family networks Spain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clare Holdsworth
    • 1
  • Mariana Irazoqui Solda
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyThe University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Amsterdam study centre for the Metropolitan Environment (AME)AmsterdamNetherlands

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