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Not truly partnerless: Non-residential partnerships and retreat from marriage in Spain

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  • Teresa Castro Martín

    (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CISC))

  • Marta Domínguez-Folgueras

    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • Teresa Martín-García

    (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CISC))

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    In Spain, nearly two-thirds of women aged 20-34 have not yet entered their first union. However, almost half of them have a stable partner in a different household. Hence, the drop in marriage rates and low prevalence of cohabitation cannot be rightly interpreted as a decline in partnership formation, but rather as a postponement of co-residential unions. This paper examines the prevalence and determinants of non-residential stable partnerships among young adults (women aged 20-34), in relation to cohabitation and marriage, using a multinomial logit model of current partnership type. The analysis is based on data from the 1999 Spanish Fertility Survey.

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

    Volume (Year): 18 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 16 (June)
    Pages: 443-468

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:18:y:2008:i:16
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    1. Pau Baizán Munoz & Arnstein Aassve & Francesco C. Billari, 2001. "Cohabitation, marriage, first birth: the interrelationship of family formation events in Spain," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2001-036, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    2. Katrin Golsch, 2003. "Employment Flexibility in Spain and its Impact on Transitions to Adulthood," Work, Employment & Society, British Sociological Association, vol. 17(4), pages 691-718, December.
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