Alexandra Jabbour is one of the winners of the prize for the best presentation at the CSDC student conference. At the conference, that took place online on 18 and 19 March 2021, Alexandra presented her paper “The Negative Implications of Cohabitation Between Working Age Children and Parents on Political Opinions.”
Here’s an abstract of the paper that Alexandra presented: A large number of young adults still live with their parents due to the difficulty of entering the job market, the level of wages or the cost of housing. This study investigates whether this cohabitation has an effect on household members’ political opinions. Specifically, the anxiety induced by seeing their children having difficulties to become independent should lead parents to hold more negatives political stances, while the same behavior is expected from working age children who failed to fly the nest compared to their independent peers. Using data from the European Social Survey in 32 countries from 2002 to 2016, I show that, when cohabiting, both parents and young adults are less likely to be satisfied with the economy or the government’s performance. Studies that do not take into account the situation of other household members might miss an important part of the opinion formation puzzle.
This content has been updated on 26 March 2021 at 20 h 47 min.