Intergenerational family ties and the diffusion of cohabitation in Italy
Demographic Research, 16:14, 441–468 (2007)
Cohabitation has been spreading during the last thirty years, and this is one of the most striking aspects of wider social changes that have taken place throughout the industrialized world. However, this change did not take place uniformly across Europe.
The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the current debate around the compatibility of cohabitation experiences with the Italian cultural context. Using an individual level diffusion approach we obtain results that are consistent with the crucial role that family ties play in the choice of cohabitation in place of (or before) marriage. In North and Central Italy daughters of better educated fathers enter cahabitation more often than women in other parts of the country, net of the effect of their own level of education. Moreover, a loose relationship with the father during childhood results in a less strict control over the choice of cohabitation of the daughters.
Keywords: Italy, cohabitation, diffusion of innovations