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Analyzing Demographic Life Courses through Sequence Analysis

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  • Francesco Billari
  • Raffaella Piccarreta

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Considering demographic life courses as sequences, non recurrent and recurrent sequences are distinguished from each other. The description of life courses in terms of sequences leads to distinguish atomistic from holistic and static from dynamic approaches. Optimal matching and a monothetic divisive algorithm for the clustering of sequences of life courses are shown to be useful tools. The methods are applied to the sequence analysis of the transition to adulthood from the Italian Fertility and Family Survey.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Mathematical Population Studies.

Volume (Year): 12 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 81-106

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Keywords: life course; sequence analysis; monothetic divisive algorithms; optimal matching; multi-state demography; event history analysis;

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Cited by:
  1. Marco Bonetti & Raffaella Piccarreta & Gaia Salford, 2013. "Parametric and Nonparametric Analysis of Life Courses: An Application to Family Formation Patterns," Demography, Springer, Springer, vol. 50(3), pages 881-902, June.
  2. Thomas King, 2013. "A framework for analysing social sequences," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, Springer, vol. 47(1), pages 167-191, January.
  3. Romina Fraboni, 2013. "Heterogeneity Of Pathways To Adulthood In Italy," RIEDS - Rivista Italiana di Economia, Demografia e Statistica - Italian Review of Economics, Demography and Statistics, SIEDS Societa' Italiana di Economia Demografia e Statistica, vol. 0(2), pages 31-46, April-Jun.

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