Parental Housing Assistance and Parent-Child Proximity in Italy

Cecilia Tomassini, Douglas A. Wolf, Alessandro Rosina

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Many studies of intergenerational exchanges include parent-child proximity as an exogenous explanatory variable. Proximity may itself be a consequence of intergenerational resource flows, however, We analyze patterns of economic transfers between generations and their relationship to parent-child proximity in Italy. Parental support for a child's home purchase may influence the child's choice of location, whether to facilitate parent-child contacts, grandchild care, or parent care. We examine the situation of married couples, focusing on housing help received and the association of that help with proximity to each spouse's parents. Using 1998 survey data and multinomial logistic regression models, we find that past housing assistance has a significant effect on current proximity to each spouse's parents, controlling for parents' survival, family composition, and other factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)700-715
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003


  • Family relations
  • Intergenerational transfers
  • Proximity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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