ERIC Number: ED446162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Youth Living Arrangements, Economic Independence, and the Role of Labor Market Changes: A Cohort Analysis from the Early 1970s to the Late 1980s. Discussion Paper.
Haveman, Robert; Knight, Brian
Between the later 1960s and early 1990s, young workers experienced declining average real wages and increasing labor market inequality. High-skilled youths--those with a college degree--fare better in this new economy relative to youths with few skills and little formal education. This paper studies two separate, but related, indirect effects of this labor market deterioration: changes in living arrangements and changes in economic independence, the ability to support oneself and dependents financially. Data are from the National Longitudinal Study-Young Men, the National Longitudinal Study-Young Women, and the National Longitudinal Study of Youth. It is found that, over this period, youths tended to drift away from living arrangements with significant financial responsibility, such as living with a spouse and children, and toward arrangements with less responsibility, such as remaining at home with one's parents or living alone. This shift is especially pronounced for low-skilled youths, those most adversely affected by the labor market deterioration. These changes in living arrangements tended to increase the economic independence of youths relative to their loss in economic independence were they unable to alter these living arrangements. (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Educational Attainment, Employees, Income, Job Skills, Labor Market, Longitudinal Studies, Residential Patterns, Urban Youth, Young Adults
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth