Socio-economic Resources and First Union Formation in Finland

Tutkimustuotos: Kirja/raporttiTutkimusraporttiAmmatillinen


Social scientists generally agree that better individual economic prospects enhance the probability of marriage for men, whereas there are competing hypotheses about the effect among women. Cohabitation is argued not to require as strong an economic foundation as marriage. Using Finnish register data, this study addressed how the socio-economic resources of young adults affect first union formation, and whether the effects are different for women and men, and
for cohabitations and direct marriages. High level of education, labour force participation, and high income were found to promote union formation, also independent of each other. The findings were similar for women and men, as could be expected given the comparatively genderegalitarian societal context. Overall, similar factors encouraged entry into both union types, but especially the union-promoting effects of university level education and stable employment were
stronger in the marriage models, suggesting that long-term economic prospects are more important in marriage formation.
TilaJulkaistu - joulukuuta 2010
OKM-julkaisutyyppiD4 Julkaistu kehittämis- tai tutkimusraportti taikka -selvitys


NimiStockholm Research Reports in Demograpy


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Jalovaara, M. (2010). Socio-economic Resources and First Union Formation in Finland. (Stockholm Research Reports in Demograpy; Vuosikerta 2010, Nro 15).