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Author: Vitali, Agnese
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1. Holland, Jennifer
Vitali, Agnese
Economic Dependency and Cohabiting Couples' Union Transitions
Presented: Chicago IL, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2017
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Cohabitation; Earnings; Marital History/Transitions; Marriage

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The decline of the male breadwinner model and the increasing importance women as income providers has changed partners' economic dependency. Focusing on heterosexual cohabiting couples in the United States, we investigate the association between partners' relative earnings and union stability and progression. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (couples = 3,659; couple-years = 10,876) and discrete-time hazard models, we analyze whether partners' relative earnings is associated with continued cohabitation, marriage and separation, net of demographic, socio-economic and couple characteristics. Results indicate that men's relative economic position continues to be a key determinant of union stability: female breadwinning couples face a higher risk of union dissolution. At the same time, there is evidence that cohabitation may be a "holding pattern" for both female and male breadwinning couples, suggesting that both men's and women's career development may be important for marriage.
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Holland, Jennifer and Agnese Vitali. "Economic Dependency and Cohabiting Couples' Union Transitions." Presented: Chicago IL, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2017.