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Demography

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 127–149 | Cite as

Cohabiting and marriage during young men’s career-development process

  • Valerie Kincade Oppenheimer
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Abstract

Using recently released cohabitation data for the male sample of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, first interviewed in 1979, I conducted multinomial discrete-time event-history analyses of how young men’s career-development process affects both the formation and the dissolution of cohabiting unions. For a substantial proportion of young men, cohabitation seemed to represent an adaptive strategy during a period of career immaturity, whereas marriage was a far more likely outcome for both stably employed cohabitors and noncohabitors alike. Earnings positively affected the entry into either a cohabiting or marital union but exhibited a strong threshold effect. Once the men were in cohabiting unions, however, earnings had little effect on the odds of marrying. Men with better long-run socioeconomic prospects were far more likely to marry from either the noncohabiting or cohabiting state, and this was particularly true for blacks.

Keywords

High School Graduate High School Dropout Career Maturity Marriage Formation Marital Union 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valerie Kincade Oppenheimer
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos Angeles

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