Journal article

Who gets married in Australia? The characteristics associated with a transition into first marriage 2001-6

Belinda Hewitt, Janeen Baxter

Journal of Sociology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2012


Although there is broad agreement that marriage patterns have changed there is little understanding of the individual level factors associated with these changes. We investigate this question by examining the associations between a range of economic and social characteristics and the transition into first marriage. We use panel data from the first six waves of the Households, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey (2001-6) to run a mixed effect logit model examining the economic and social determinants of first marriage. Our baseline sample comprised 1,565 men and 1,391 women. We find broad support for a financial expectations explanation where marriage is delayed until financial sec..

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