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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Education and cohabitation in Britain: return to traditional patterns? Seminar

Social Statistics and Demography
27 June 2013
Building 58 room 1009

Event details

CPC Seminar Series

Cohabitation is sometimes thought of as being inversely associated with education, but in Britain a more complex picture emerges. Educational group differences in cohabitation vary by age, by time period, by cohort, and by indicator used. Well educated women pioneered cohabitation in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. Over time, however, the less well educated caught up and have now overtaken the best educated at younger ages. But the principal difference by education currently is largely in timing?that is, the less well educated start cohabiting earlier than the best educated. In Britain, educational differentials in cohabitation appear to be reinstating long standing social patterns in the level and timing of marriage. Taking partnerships as a whole, social differentials have been fairly stable. Despite rapid recent change, there is, thus, much continuity with the past.

Speaker information

Marie Ni Bhrolchain ,Professor of Demography

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