Are we really Mama’s boys? How incomes affect Italians’ leaving-home decisions

Filippo Belloc


The aim of this article is to identify the main determinants of Italians’
leaving-home decisions. We use data from the Survey of Household
Income and Wealth (SHIW) by the Bank of Italy. The empirical
study is performed by cross-section probit and panel-probit estimation.
Contrary to the predominant literature’s claim, our findings unveil the
positive and statistically significant effects of both children’s and parents’
income on the departure probability. We interpret this positive
parents’ income effect as a signal for inter-household transfers. Finally,
we distinguish by gender and find that while the young men’s
leaving home is strongly dependent on such transfers, the same does
not hold for young women.
Keywords: leaving home, intergenerational

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