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Marital Coital Frequency and the Passage of Time: Estimating the Separate Effects of Spouses' Ages and Marital Duration, Birth and Marriage Cohorts, and Period Influences

Guillermina Jasso
American Sociological Review
Vol. 50, No. 2 (Apr., 1985), pp. 224-241
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2095411
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Marital Coital Frequency and the Passage of Time: Estimating the Separate Effects of Spouses' Ages and Marital Duration, Birth and Marriage Cohorts, and Period Influences
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Abstract

To the extent that marital coital frequency is linked to both within-couple and societal fertility and sex ratio, it may be implicated in a wide range of behavioral and social phenomena. Variation in marital coital frequency over the life course as well as across cohorts may thus affect many aspects of the social life. This paper reports estimates of the ceteris paribus cohort-free effects of spouses' ages, marital duration, and contemporaneous period influences on coital frequency, as well as of the correlations between coital frequency and birth- and marriage-cohort factors. These estimates are obtained by (a) using the properties of the fixed-effects statistical model in order to separate the effects of cohort influences from the age/duration and period effects and to control for the operation of couple-specific unobservables, and (b) using strictly monotonic nonlinear transformations in order to separate the effects of wife's age, husband's age and marital duration.

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