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


  • Teresa Castro Martín

    (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CISC))

  • Marta Domínguez-Folgueras

    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • Teresa Martín-García

    (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CISC))


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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  • Teresa Castro Martín & Marta Domínguez-Folgueras & Teresa Martín-García, 2008. "Not truly partnerless: Non-residential partnerships and retreat from marriage in Spain," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 18(16), pages 443-468, June.
  • 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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    1. Marta Domínguez-Folgueras & Teresa Castro Martín, 2008. "Women’s changing socioeconomic position and union formation in Spain and Portugal," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 19(41), pages 1513-1550, August.
    2. Arnaud Régnier-Loilier & Éva Beaujouan & Catherine Villeneuve-Gokalp, 2009. "Neither single, nor in a couple. A study of living apart together in France," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 21(4), pages 75-108, July.
    3. Arnaud Régnier-Loilier & Daniele Vignoli, 2014. "Similar incidence, different nature? Characteristics of Living Apart Together relationships in France and Italy," Econometrics Working Papers Archive 2014_11, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni "G. Parenti".

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    cohabitation; living apart together (LAT); partnerships; Spain; union formation;

    JEL classification:

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


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