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Is marriage more than cohabitation?: well-being differences in 30 European countries

Soons, J.P.M. and Kalmijn, M. (2009) Is marriage more than cohabitation?: well-being differences in 30 European countries. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 1141-1157. ISSN 0022-2445.

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Abstract

The study aims to assess, first, whether there is a gap in well-being between unmarried cohabitants and the married, second, if selection factors can explain this so-called cohabitation gap, and third, if the size of the cohabitation gap differs across countries and how this can be explained.We use pooled data from young adults (18 – 44) in 3 rounds of the European Social Survey (N ≈ 31,500). Multilevel regression analyses show that there is a moderate cohabitation gap that can be partly explained with the selection factors material resources and religiosity. Country differences were clear and could partly be explained with the level of institutionalization: In countries where cohabitation is more accepted and more prevalent, the cohabitation gap is smaller.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Ned. Interdisc. Demografisch Instituut (NIDI)
ID Code:7602
Deposited On:15 Dec 2009 01:00
Last Modified:26 Oct 2010 14:22

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