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Mikolai, J.
Partnership histories and the transition to motherhood in later reproductive ages in Europe
Population English Edition, 2017
URL, JabRef BibTex, Abstract
As family life courses become more diverse and less standardized, first births are increasingly delayed, and many women in Europe are still childless when they reach their thirties. These women have very diverse partnership histories; some have never lived with a partner, while others have experienced cohabitation, marriage or union dissolution. What is the partnership trajectory of women who are childless at age 30? Is the same pattern observed for childless women at age 35? Does it differ from one country to another? Júlia Mikolai addresses these questions using a harmonized database of retrospective monthly union and fertility histories based on data from the Generations and Gender survey conducted in numerous European countries. For a cohort of women born between 1953 and 1962 in 12 countries, she then analyses the probabilities of having a first child conditional on their different partnership experiences. This article sheds light on the diversity of partnership trajectories and on country-specific patterns of family formation.

Reference


@article{Mikolai2017a,
  author = {Mikolai, J.},
  title = {Partnership histories and the transition to motherhood in later reproductive ages in Europe},
  year = {2017},
  journal = {Population English Edition},
  volume = {72},
  number = {1},
  pages = {123-154},
  month = {Jun},
  url = {https://muse.jhu.edu/article/658435/pdf},
  timestamp = {08.06.2017},
  abstract = {As family life courses become more diverse and less standardized, first births are increasingly delayed, and many women in Europe are still childless when they reach their thirties. These women have very diverse partnership histories; some have never lived with a partner, while others have experienced cohabitation, marriage or union dissolution. What is the partnership trajectory of women who are childless at age 30? Is the same pattern observed for childless women at age 35? Does it differ from one country to another? Júlia Mikolai addresses these questions using a harmonized database of retrospective monthly union and fertility histories based on data from the Generations and Gender survey conducted in numerous European countries. For a cohort of women born between 1953 and 1962 in 12 countries, she then analyses the probabilities of having a 
first child conditional on their different partnership experiences. This article sheds light on the diversity of partnership trajectories and on country-specific patterns of family formation. }
}

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