Does the Month of Birth Influence the Timing of Life Course Decisions? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Italy

Laura Cavalli

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista

Abstract

Social scientists have observed for a long time a negative relationship between the time spent on education and the timing of family formation. Using data from the I.D.E.A. survey (2003), a birth-month experiment on a sample of 3000 young Italian adults is employed in order to explore whether a different month of birth leads to regular differences in life course decisions of young Italians. The results suggest that the “social” age, as determined by the school cohort, rather than the biological age, is an important determinant of the timing of demographic events during the transition to adulthood.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)101-118
Numero di pagine18
RivistaOPEN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
Volume02
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014

Keywords

  • Cox Hazard Model
  • Education
  • First Birth
  • Kaplan-Meier Estimate
  • Logit Regression Model
  • Marriage
  • Natural Experiment

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