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Author: Fulda, Barbara E.
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1. Fulda, Barbara E.
Nauck, Bernhard
Ren, Qiang
The Transition to Adulthood in China, Germany and the US: Prevalence and Timing in Private and Professional Life
Chinese Journal of Sociology 5,2 (2019): 193-213.
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Sage Publications
Keyword(s): Age at First Birth; Age at First Marriage; China Family Panel Studies; Cross-national Analysis; German Family Survey; Residence, Return to Parental Home/Delayed Homeleaving; Rural/Urban Differences; Transition, Adulthood

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We explore cross-country differences in the transition to adulthood between China, Germany, and the USA. Using large-scale panel studies, we examine the timing of leaving the parental home, first marriage and first parenthood. For those born between 1933 and 1988, we observe a delay in the timing of first marriage in all three societies. But the delay is steeper in the USA than in Germany and China. The age at first childbirth is increasing in all three countries. By age 30, most individuals in China have married their first partner and become parents, whereas in the USA and Germany less than half of the population have experienced one of these events. There are large differences in educational and employment trajectories between the urban and rural populations in China, less so in the USA, whereas almost no differences are observed in Germany. The three countries are alike in the proportion of individuals who have left the parental home by age 30. In all three countries, individuals without tertiary qualifications are more likely to have experienced all three events by age 30. But with regard to first marriage, a larger share of higher-educated individuals get married by the age of 30 in the USA, whereas in China it is the less educated who are more likely to get married.
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Fulda, Barbara E., Bernhard Nauck and Qiang Ren. "The Transition to Adulthood in China, Germany and the US: Prevalence and Timing in Private and Professional Life." Chinese Journal of Sociology 5,2 (2019): 193-213.