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Analyzing Demographic Life Courses through Sequence Analysis


  • Francesco Billari
  • Raffaella Piccarreta


Considering demographic life courses as sequences, non recurrent and recurrent sequences are distinguished from each other. The description of life courses in terms of sequences leads to distinguish atomistic from holistic and static from dynamic approaches. Optimal matching and a monothetic divisive algorithm for the clustering of sequences of life courses are shown to be useful tools. The methods are applied to the sequence analysis of the transition to adulthood from the Italian Fertility and Family Survey.

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  • Francesco Billari & Raffaella Piccarreta, 2005. "Analyzing Demographic Life Courses through Sequence Analysis," Mathematical Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 81-106.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:12:y:2005:i:2:p:81-106
    DOI: 10.1080/08898480590932287

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    2. Thomas King, 2013. "A framework for analysing social sequences," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 47(1), pages 167-191, January.
    3. Marco Bonetti & Raffaella Piccarreta & Gaia Salford, 2013. "Parametric and Nonparametric Analysis of Life Courses: An Application to Family Formation Patterns," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 50(3), pages 881-902, June.
    4. Romina Fraboni, 2013. "Heterogeneity Of Pathways To Adulthood In Italy," RIEDS - Rivista Italiana di Economia, Demografia e Statistica - Italian Review of Economics, Demography and Statistics, SIEDS Societa' Italiana di Economia Demografia e Statistica, vol. 67(2), pages 31-46, April-Jun.


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