Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/44178
Authors: 
van Ham, Maarten
Williamson, Lee
Feijten, Peteke
Boyle, Paul
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5115
Abstract: 
One of the goals of the Right to Buy (RTB) was to stimulate labour migration by removing the debilitating effect of social housing on geographical mobility. This is the first study to examine rigorously whether the Right to Buy legislation did indeed 'free-up' those in social housing who bought their homes. Using longitudinal data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) and panel regression models we show that the probability of a RTB-owner making a long distance move falls between that of social renters and owner occupiers. However, the difference between RTB-owners and neither homeowners nor social renters is significant. Social renters are significantly less likely to move over long distances than traditional owners. The results also suggest that RTB-owners are less likely than traditional owners to move for job related reasons, but more likely than social renters.
Subjects: 
Right to Buy
residential mobility
migration
moving reasons
longitudinal data
United Kingdom
JEL: 
J60
J61
R23
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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