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The effects of socioeconomic and cultural characteristics of regions on the spatial patterns of the Second Demographic Transition in Finland

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  • Tapani Valkonen

    (University of Helsinki)

  • Jenni Blomgren

    (National Public Health Institute)

  • Timo M. Kauppinen

    (National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, Helsinki)

  • Pekka Martikainen

    (University of Helsinki)

  • Elina Mäenpää

    (University of Helsinki)

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    Abstract

    The article studies to what extent regional socioeconomic and cultural characteristics explain spatial patterns in the Second Demographic Transition in Finland. The country’s 75 functional regions are used as area units. A summary indicator of the transition based on divorce and cohabitation is used as the dependent variable. The results show that the spatial pattern is mainly determined according to the regional level of urbanization, but the effect is mediated by cultural characteristics (secularization and support for the socialist and green parties). The cultural characteristics have only a modest independent effect.

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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): 61 (December)
    Pages: 2043-2056

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:19:y:2008:i:61

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    Keywords: cohabitation; cultural factors; divorce rate; regional differences; second demographic transition; socioeconomic factors;

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    1. Ron J. Lesthaeghe & Lisa Neidert, 2006. "The Second Demographic Transition in the United States: Exception or Textbook Example?," Population and Development Review, The Population Council, Inc., vol. 32(4), pages 669-698.
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