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Similarities and differences between two cohorts of young adults in Italy


  • Stefano Mazzuco

    (Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD))

  • Letizia Mencarini

    (Bocconi University)

  • Rosella Rettaroli

    (Università di Bologna (UNIBO))


The paper analyses the results of a CATI survey, consisting on a representative national sample of 3083 young people of two different generations: the 23-27th and the 33-37th in the first half of 2004. The analysis is particularly targeted at the oldest cohort and investigates on the late transition to adulthood and its effect on fertility. We wonder whether Italian situation is converging to the European one. We also analyse the transition processes to all the events of the "life course" as interrelating mechanisms, where each process is the premise for the next step, but where all are probably considered indispensable for choosing to have a child. The results suggest a diffusion of new family forms among youth but a persistent delay in family formation.

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  • Stefano Mazzuco & Letizia Mencarini & Rosella Rettaroli, 2006. "Similarities and differences between two cohorts of young adults in Italy," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 15(5), pages 105-146, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:15:y:2006:i:5

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    1. Giuseppe A. Micheli, 2000. "Kinship, family and social network," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 3(13), December.
    2. FFF1Francesco NNN1Billari, 2004. "Becoming an Adult in Europe: A Macro(/Micro)-Demographic Perspective," Demographic Research Special Collections, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 3(2), pages 15-44, April.
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    Cited by:

    1. Fernanda Mazzotta & Lavinia Parisi, 2015. "The effect of Employment on Leaving Home in Italy," Discussion Papers 8_2015, CRISEI, University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy.
    2. Letizia Mencarini & Cristina Solera, 2011. "Changing Paths to Adulthood in Italy. Men and Women Entering Stable Work and Family Careers," Carlo Alberto Notebooks 219, Collegio Carlo Alberto.
    3. Francesco C. Billari & Guido Tabellini, 2010. "Italians Are Late: Does It Matter?," NBER Chapters,in: Demography and the Economy, pages 371-412 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    delay of family formation; Italy; transition to adulthood;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General


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