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Trends in living arrangements in Europe: Convergence or divergence?

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  • Tineke Fokkema

    (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute)

  • Aart C. Liefbroer

    (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute)

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    This article uses data from the Labour Force Surveys to examine trends in the living arrangements of European men and women aged 20 to 75 between 1987 and 2002. Some trends, like the decline in mean household size and the increase in living as a lone mother have occurred all across Europe. Other trends have been more pronounced or have even been limited to specific parts of Europe. In combination, it appears that the differences in living arrangements across Europe might have grown larger in the last fifteen to twenty years. Large differences in living arrangements remain along geographical divides.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 36 (July)
    Pages: 1351-1418

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:19:y:2008:i:36

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    Keywords: cross-national differences; Europe; gender differences; Labour Force Survey; living arrangements; second demographic transition; trends;

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    3. Setsuya Fukuda, 2009. "Leaving the parental home in post-war Japan," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 20(30), pages 731-816, June.

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