Residential mobility of youth and children
I am analysing youth (10–15 years) and child (3, 5, 8 years) data. In my analyses, I would like to include a binary variable indicating whether the individual had moved since the previous wave (or since 2009). I found two variables that would be of interest: w_mvyr (year moved to current address) and w_addrmov_dv (participant changes address postcode since last wave). These variables are available in the indresp datafile, i.e. only for individuals aged 16+. How can I best infer whether a child moved from these data? I was thinking using information of the natural mother (using mnpid) as a proxy, as, in most cases, a child moves with their natural mother. Do you know of a better way of doing this?
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What you are suggesting is a good idea but you don't need to make an assumption that the child always lives with the mother as you can identify the person/s the child is living with using the variables W_mnspid (natural/step/adopted mother PIDP) & W_fnspid (natural/step/adopted father PIDP). These variables are non-negative only when the person is living with that parent in wave, W.
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Updated by Marie Mueller about 1 year ago
Thank you very much for the rapid help!
That's a good suggestion! However, if, for example, a step parent moved in the household between wave 1 and wave 2, they have changed address. However, the child may have lived in the household before (in wave 1), i.e., would not have changed address. I assume the risk of assigning a wrong value to the child because of this problem may be larger when I include step parents rather than only the natural mother. Maybe I could use information of the natural mother but only if the child actually lives with their natural mother. This may minimise the risk of assigning a false value. What do you think?