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Rising marital disruption in Italy and its correlates

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  • Daniele Vignoli

    (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

  • Irene Ferro

    (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

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Most of our knowledge on divorce pertains to the USA and northern Europe, while demographic studies from southern Europe are relatively scarce. Our study looks at this knowledge gap through an analysis of the correlates of marital instability in Italy. We use the 2003 Italian Gender and Generation Survey, which reveals recent trends in marital disruption, including those among relatively young cohorts, and we employ event history techniques. Our results show that besides the expected correlation between marital disruption and the women’s birth cohort and socio-economic status, other factors more closely linked to specific aspects of Italian society can also be identified.

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  • Daniele Vignoli & Irene Ferro, 2009. "Rising marital disruption in Italy and its correlates," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 20(4), pages 11-36, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:20:y:2009:i:4
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    correlates to marital disruption; event history analysis; Italy;

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

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