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The rise of age homogamy in 19th century Western Europe

(2009) Journal of Marriage and Family. 71(5). p.1234-1253
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In many parts of Western Europe the age at first marriage and the level of celibacy declined in the second half of the 19th century. This weakening of the European marriage pattern (EMP) can be interpreted as a "classic" response to the increase of the standard of living, but a more far-reaching interpretation is that the erosion of the EMP was part of a cultural shift characterized by the rise of a new, less instrumental and more egalitarian view on marriage and partner selection. The latter vision implies the increase of the preference for a same age marriage. We test this explanation by using a combined Belgian-Dutch data set of marriage certificates (N = 766,412). Our findings corroborate the "cultural shift thesis.".
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marriage, love, low countries, egalitarian, age homogamy

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Van de Putte, Bart et al. “The Rise of Age Homogamy in 19th Century Western Europe.” Journal of Marriage and Family 71.5 (2009): 1234–1253. Print.
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Van de Putte, B., Van Poppel, F., Vanassche, S., Sanchez, M., Jidkova, S., Eeckhaut, M., Oris, M., et al. (2009). The rise of age homogamy in 19th century Western Europe. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71(5), 1234–1253.
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Van de Putte, Bart, Frans Van Poppel, Soffie Vanassche, Maria Sanchez, Svetlana Jidkova, Mieke Eeckhaut, Michel Oris, and Koen Matthijs. 2009. “The Rise of Age Homogamy in 19th Century Western Europe.” Journal of Marriage and Family 71 (5): 1234–1253.
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Van de Putte, Bart, Frans Van Poppel, Soffie Vanassche, Maria Sanchez, Svetlana Jidkova, Mieke Eeckhaut, Michel Oris, and Koen Matthijs. 2009. “The Rise of Age Homogamy in 19th Century Western Europe.” Journal of Marriage and Family 71 (5): 1234–1253.
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Van de Putte B, Van Poppel F, Vanassche S, Sanchez M, Jidkova S, Eeckhaut M, et al. The rise of age homogamy in 19th century Western Europe. Journal of Marriage and Family. 2009;71(5):1234–53.
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B. Van de Putte et al., “The rise of age homogamy in 19th century Western Europe,” Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 71, no. 5, pp. 1234–1253, 2009.
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  abstract     = {In many parts of Western Europe the age at first marriage and the level of celibacy declined in the second half of the 19th century. This weakening of the European marriage pattern (EMP) can be interpreted as a "classic" response to the increase of the standard of living, but a more far-reaching interpretation is that the erosion of the EMP was part of a cultural shift characterized by the rise of a new, less instrumental and more egalitarian view on marriage and partner selection. The latter vision implies the increase of the preference for a same age marriage. We test this explanation by using a combined Belgian-Dutch data set of marriage certificates (N = 766,412). Our findings corroborate the "cultural shift thesis.".},
  author       = {Van de Putte, Bart and Van Poppel, Frans and Vanassche, Soffie  and Sanchez, Maria and Jidkova, Svetlana and Eeckhaut, Mieke and Oris, Michel and Matthijs, Koen},
  issn         = {0022-2445},
  journal      = {Journal of Marriage and Family},
  keywords     = {marriage,love,low countries,egalitarian,age homogamy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {1234--1253},
  title        = {The rise of age homogamy in 19th century Western Europe},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00666.x},
  volume       = {71},
  year         = {2009},
}

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