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Брак или сожительство: с чего начинаются матримониальные биографии россиян

С. 9574-9590.
Артамонова А. В., Митрофанова Е. С.

We investigated the factors which influence whether people prefer marriage or cohabitation as the first union. We revealed that the generations who were before 1965 chose marriage in 75% of cases. People were born after 1975 preferred cohabitation (55% of cases).

The revealed factors confirm the main tendencies of the Second Demographic Transition: people who prefer marriage as the first union more often conceived a child before starting a union; they lived with parents before the start of the union; they came from wealthy families; and they postponed their careers. The only difference is that, usually, people who started with cohabitations have higher education, but in Russia these are people with lower levels of education.