A geography of cohabitation in the Americas, 1970-2010

Albert Esteve, Antonio López-Gay, Julián López-Colás, Iñaki Permanyer, Sheela Kennedy, Benoôt Laplante, Ron J. Lesthaeghe, Anna Turu, Teresa Antònia Cusidó

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© The Author(s) 2016. In this chapter, we trace the geography of unmarried cohabitation in the Americas on an unprecedented geographical scale in family demography. We present the percentage of partnered women aged 25-29 in cohabitation across more than 19,000 local units of 39 countries, from Canada to Argentina, at two points in time, 2000 and 2010. The local geography is supplemented by a regional geography of cohabitation that covers five decades of data from 1960 to 2010. Our data derive primarily from the rich collection of census microdata amassed by the Centro Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Demografía (CELADE) of the United Nations and from the IPUMS-international collection of harmonized census microdata samples (Minnesota Population Center, Integrated public use microdata series, international: Version 6.3 [Machine-readable database]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2014). Our analyses unveil a substantial amount of spatial heterogeneity both within and across countries. Despite the spectacular rise in cohabitation, its regional patterning has remained relatively unchanged over the last decades, which points to the presence of geo-historical legacies in the present patterns of unmarried cohabitation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCohabitation and Marriage in the Americas: Geo-Historical Legacies and New Trends
Editors ESTEVE, A.
Place of Publicationhttp://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-31442-6
Pages1 -23
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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