Russian Generations: Sequencing the Transition to Adulthood
This paper demonstrates how Russian men and women from different generations undertake their first demographic and socio-economic events. For the first attempt at understanding how these events are ordered, we used the descriptive techniques of Sequence Analysis, including chronograms, parallel coordinate plots, the durations of statuses, and the frequencies of subsequences on tables. The study was performed on a panel of the Russian part of the “Generations and Gender Survey” (GGS: 2004, 2007, and 2011). The subsample consists of 4,595 respondents of 1935-1984 years of birth.
Our analysis reveals the changes between sexes and generations. Men devote a significant part of their youth to achieving socio-economic events, while women much earlier and more actively initiate their demographic careers. Nevertheless, by the age of 35, there are more respondents among men who have children and relationships than among women. Young people, compared to older generations, much more actively enter into cohabitations and have children in them, but they delay the onset of all these events, especially childbearing, to later ages.