Premarital living arrangements and the transition to first marriage in Japan

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Abstract

This article evaluates the relevance of a popular emphasis on the benefits of extended coresidence with parents as an explanation for the trend toward later marriage in Japan. Estimating hazard models for the transition to first marriage separately by gender, living arrangements, and birth cohort, I find that the trend toward later marriage is indeed more pronounced among young men and women living with parents. Conditional on coresidence, however, there is little evidence that access to parental provision of financial resources and domestic services is negatively associated with marriage. I suggest alternative scenarios in which parental resources may contribute to later marriage by facilitating children's independence rather than by keeping them at home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-315
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Keywords

  • Coresidence
  • Japan
  • Marriage
  • Nest-leaving
  • Parental resources

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