In this paper, we analyze the patterns of first union formation of various cohorts in Hungary using competing risk models applied (Cox regression) to retrospective data (women sub sample, N=8931) from the Gender and Generations Survey for Hungary, wave 1 (Turning points of the life course, 2001). Our results show that, while there is well defined tendency of the younger generations to choose cohabitation rather than marriage as a first union, the level of education, family history and ethnicity play an important role in taking this decision. We found that cohabitation is a replacement for marriage only for more mature women, while those who enter into cohabitation at young ages use it as a step toward marriage.
|Journal||Journal of Comparative Family Studies|
|State||Published - Oct 2008|