The Nonmarital Childbearing Network

The Intersection Between Childbearing and Union Status

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Policies on cohabitation and nonmarital childbearing in Europe?

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Brienna Perelli-Harris, Nora Sánchez Gassen, Olga Isupova
General description Although cohabitation and childbearing within cohabitation has increased dramatically in Europe over the past decades, the variation across Europe remains remarkable. Most studies on changing union formation have not explicitly addressed how state policies may be facilitating cohabitation or, alternatively, stalling the increase of cohabitation by privileging marriage. Indeed, the relationship between policies and union formation is complicated, as states may have passed legislation in response to increasing cohabitation. In order to better understand this reciprocal relationship, we are studying the policies that may impact union formation. Drawing on secondary sources and legal documents, we first describe the policy dimensions that regulate the relationship between couples, and between couples and their children. We also discuss theoretical issues and explore examples from across Europe. Next we will work on systematically describing the policies in a policy database and quantifying to be able to conduct additional analyses.
Presentations Isupova, O. G., B. Perelli-Harris: Cohabitation, legal policies, and cultural systems: divergence across post-Soviet space. European Population Conference, Stockholm, 13-16 June 2012.

Perelli-Harris, B., N. Sánchez Gassen: An examination of state policies, cohabitation, and childbearing within cohabitation across Western Europe. Population Association of America. Washington, D.C. March 31 - April 2 2011.

Perelli-Harris, B., N. Sánchez Gassen, Ch. Loeffler: A theoretical framework for examining policies and institutions related to childbearing within cohabitation. European Population Conference. Vienna, Sept. 1-3, 2010.

Perelli-Harris, B., N. Sánchez Gassen: The reciprocal relationship between the state and union formation across Western Europe: policy dimensions and theoretical considerations. Social Science History Association. Chicago, Nov. 18.
Publications Perelli-Harris, B., N. Sánchez Gassen (2012): "How Similar Are Cohabitation and Marriage? Legal Approaches to Cohabitation across Western Europe." Population and Development Review. 38(8): 435–467.
Working papers Perelli-Harris, B., N. Sánchez Gassen (2010): "The reciprocal relationship between the state and union formation across Western Europe: policy dimensions and theoretical considerations." MPIDR Working Paper.


 

 

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