MPIDR Working Paper

The emergence of cohabitation as a first union and its later stability: the case of Hungarian women

Kulik, M. C.
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2005-031, 30 pages.
Rostock, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (October 2005)
Open Access


With the transition of the 1990s in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the demographic behavior of their populations has changed drastically. This paper focuses on Hungary where some of these developments like falling marriage rates were evident even before 1990. We examine the emergence of cohabitation as a first union and the stability of such relationships. Are they rather transformed into marriage or do they end in dissolution? How long do Hungarian woman stay in these unions? In addition to some descriptive statistics we apply event history analysis because this allows us to study the impact of individual-level characteristics on such choices. The data used is the Hungarian Generations and Gender Survey collected around November 2001. The analysis shows that there are marked differences in behavior between periods and that factors like pregnancy or employment do influence the decision for cohabitation as well as its further development.
Keywords: Hungary
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