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Not truly partnerless: Non-residential partnerships and retreat from marriage in Spain

Abstract : Nearly two-thirds of Spanish women aged 20-34 have not yet entered their first union. However, almost half of them have a stable partner living in a different household. Hence, the drop in marriage rates and low prevalence of cohabitation cannot be rightly interpreted as a decline in partnership formation, but rather as a postponement of coresidential unions. This article examines the prevalence and determinants of nonresidential stable partnerships among women aged 20-34, in relation to cohabitation and marriage, using a multinomial logit model of current partnership type. The analysis is based on data from the 1999 Spanish Fertility Survey. We find that women’s high educational attainment and their partner’s work instability deter co-residential partnerships.
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Teresa Castro-Martin, Marta Dominguez-Folgueras, Teresa Martín-García. Not truly partnerless: Non-residential partnerships and retreat from marriage in Spain. Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, 2008, 18, pp.443 - 468. ⟨10.4054/demres.2008.18.16⟩. ⟨hal-03697051⟩

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