Older People in the Swedish Housing Market - Mobility Patterns, Housing Preferences, and Housing Choices

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2011
End date: 31/12/2013
Funding: 3666000 SEK


In western societies the increasing share of older people is of concern and one issue is their housing situation. A hypothesis is that in Sweden residential mobility among older people will increase from homeownership to tenant co-operative or rental housing, but this is yet to be confirmed. Older people will stay healthy longer than before but at the same time will live longer with health problems that they would not have survived earlier. These factors will influence older people´s behaviour, preferences and needs in the housing market and emphasises the need for studies on the relationship between older people´s demands and the availability of suitable housing. The main aim of the proposed research project is two-fold: To study 1) the actual residential mobility patterns of older people over time and 2) their housing preferences and choices. The first part will be analysed using a register database, Geoswede, comprising the total Swedish population. This will show the moves conducted over time and space by the cohorts selected. The second part will be fulfilled by collecting survey data and through interviews with older people. Focus is on their current housing situation and housing plans for the future to answer questions on their preferences and choices. The purpose of the project is to confirm or contradict the discussion on increased residential mobility levels among older people. In addition, reasons for why older people stay or move will to be explored further.

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