The geographic context of male nuptiality in western Germany during the 1980s and 1990s
This paper studies the relationship between characteristics of menâ€™s place of residence and the probability of entering marriage in western Germany during the 1980s and 1990s. We link micro-information from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP) with district-level data to estimate discrete-time multilevel logit models. Our results support the widely accepted idea about the importance of menâ€™s individual economic status in marital decisions. They furthermore indicate a negative relationship between womenâ€™s aggregate labor force participation and male transition rates to marriage, which could be interpreted as evidence for the popular â€˜economic independence hypothesisâ€™ of marital behavior. Complementary, we put forward an interpretation of female employment rates as indicators of a regionâ€™s degree of secularization, for example. Consistent with a previous study on female nuptiality in Germany, our findings (which also include a significant latent contextual effect) suggest that a manâ€™s propensity to marry is influenced by the regional socio-cultural milieu he lives in.
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- Karsten Hank, 2002. "Regional Social Contexts and Individual Fertility Decisions: A Multilevel Analysis of First and Second Births in Western Germany," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 270, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
- Øystein Kravdal, 2002. "The impact of individual and aggregate unemployment on fertility in Norway," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 6(10), pages 263-294, April.
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