Is Cohabitation an Alternative to Marriage in Russia?
European Journal of Government and Economics. 2016. Vol. 5. No. 1. P. 47-63
15 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2014 Last revised: 16 Nov 2017
Date Written: October 22, 2014
Declining marriage rates and increasing cohabitation rates in modern Russia have become a trend that many scholars have observed and tried to explain through the perspective of the Second Demographic Transition. Our research is another attempt to understand these changes and to answer the question on the nature of cohabitation in Russia.
We aimed to find the difference between some patterns of matrimonial events and to define the nature of cohabitations in Russia. For these purposes, we applied descriptive statistics and Event History Analysis. We also suggested a logical scheme of the ways of development of the first cohabitations. We observed the opposite trends of matrimonial behavior: the younger Russian people are, the higher their probability of starting of the first cohabitation and the lower their risk to have the first marriage. Our analysis showed that a cohabitation is not yet a complete alternative to marriage, but it has a possibility of becoming it for younger generations.
Keywords: Life course, marriage, cohabitation, Russia, Event History Analysis
JEL Classification: Z13
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