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Cohabitation in Great Britain: not for long, but here to stay

Ermisch, John and Francesconi, Marco (2000) 'Cohabitation in Great Britain: not for long, but here to stay.' Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 163 (2). pp. 153-171. ISSN 0964-1998

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This paper uses a new source of data to study the dramatic increase in cohabiting unions in Great Britain. It analyses, in turn, entry into first partnership, the stability of cohabiting unions and repartnering after dissolution of cohabitation. In excess of 70% of first partnerships are now cohabitations, and these last a relatively short time before being either turned into marriage or dissolved. The shift to cohabitation as the dominant mode of first partnership plays an important role in the delay of first marriage and motherhood. The paper also investigates the factors that are associated with the outcome of cohabitations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cohabitation; delayed marriage; first partnership; union stability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 10:10
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:25

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