MPIDR Working Paper

Leaving the parental home in post-war Japan: social, economic and demographic determinants

Fukuda, S.

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2010-007, 37 Seiten (Februar 2010).
Rostock, Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung

Schlagworte: Japan, adulthood, economic growth, employment, event history analysis, household, marriage, modernization, school enrollment


This paper examines the relationship between home-leaving intensities of young adults and the rapid social, economic, and demographic changes that took place in post-World War II Japan. By using event-history modeling, the study shows that the declines in sibling numbers and in rural residence discourage young adults from leaving home before marriage. The practice of stem-family norms helps to explain the delay to some extent. Finally, marriage delay has a substantial impact on later home-leaving as leaving home is closely linked with marriage in Japan.