With or without you. Partnership context of first conceptions and births in Hungary

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    Using notions from the Second Demographic Transition theory and the Pattern of Disadvantage argument, I study how women’s risk of a first conception within different union types (single, cohabitation, marriage) is influenced by education in Hungary and whether this influence has changed over time. Additionally, I examine the transition to marriage among women who experienced a non-marital conception. Using the first wave of the Hungarian Generations and Gender Survey from 2004, I conduct discrete time survival analyses and logistic regression. I find a positive educational gradient of marital conceptions, while this gradient is negative for cohabiting conceptions. Moreover, highly educated women are less likely to experience a cohabiting or a single conception than a marital conception compared to their medium educated counterparts. Furthermore, the impact of education on the risk of a single and marital conception changes over time. The positive gradient of education on the risk of a single conception emerged after the transition, while it declined for marital conceptions. No consistent patterns are found for cohabiting conceptions. Additionally, highly educated women and those who experienced a conception while being single are more likely to marry than their lower educated counterparts and those who experienced a cohabiting conception.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)37-60
    JournalDemográfia English Edition
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Family Planning
    • Motherhood (J13)
    • Family
    • Marriage
    • Marital
    • Marital dissolution
    • First conception
    • First birth
    • Partnership context
    • Competing risks
    • Hungary
    • Cohabitation
    • Single
    • Behaviours
    • Survey
    • 2004


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