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Arnaud Régnier-Loilier and Daniele Vignoli
Similar incidence, different nature? Characteristics of Living Apart Together relationships in France and Italy
Università degli Studi Firenzi, DISIA (Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni) Working Paper, 2014
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This paper contributes to the ongoing debate on the prevalence and determinants of Living Apart Together (LAT) relationships by focusing on two contrasting family settings such as France and Italy. First, corroborate the view that being “single” in residential terms does not mean being “without a partner” in relationship terms. This is an incorrect assumption in more than one quarter of cases in both countries. Second, despite a similar incidence, we show that the nature of LAT relationships differs between the two societies. In Italy, LAT relationships are popular in the early phases of the life course, when young adults often must face a difficult economic situation as well as an overall social pressure to marry. In France, LAT relationships are more the result of a conscious choice, especially in the older phases of the life course. Overall, we found traces of both the Second Demographic Transition and the Pattern of Disadvantage narratives in our findings.

Reference


@article{Régnier-Loilier2014c,
  author = {Arnaud Régnier-Loilier and Daniele Vignoli},
  title = {Similar incidence, different nature? Characteristics of Living Apart Together relationships in France and Italy},
  year = {2014},
  journal = {Università degli Studi Firenzi, DISIA (Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni) Working Paper},
  volume = {11},
  url = {https://ideas.repec.org/p/fir/econom/wp2014_11.html},
  timestamp = {12.01.2015},
  abstract = {This paper contributes to the ongoing debate on the prevalence and determinants of Living Apart Together (LAT) relationships by focusing on two contrasting family settings such as France and Italy. First, corroborate the view that being “single” in residential terms does not mean being “without a partner” in relationship terms. This is an incorrect assumption in more than one quarter of cases in both countries. Second, despite a similar incidence, we show that the nature of LAT relationships differs between the two societies. In Italy, LAT relationships are popular in the early phases of the life course, when young adults often must face a difficult economic situation as well as an overall social pressure to marry. In France, LAT relationships are more the result of a conscious choice, especially in the older phases of the life course. Overall, we found traces of both the Second Demographic Transition and the Pattern of Disadvantage narratives in our findings.}
}

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