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Divergence of Marriage Patterns in Quebec and Elsewhere in Canada

Michael S. Pollard and Zheng Wu
Population and Development Review
Vol. 24, No. 2 (Jun., 1998), pp. 329-356
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/2807978
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2807978
Page Count: 28
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Divergence of Marriage Patterns in Quebec and Elsewhere in Canada
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Abstract

Within the last 20 years the declines in marriage rates and prevalence have been significantly greater for Quebec than for the rest of Canada. This analysis examines the divergence of Canadian marriage patterns using ideational theory, which suggests that region itself, as a proxy for cultural setting and normatige code, is a significant determinants of the marriage process. The effects of economic factors, in addition to region and other cultural markers, are examined using discretetime event history methods. The findings suggest that factors identified by standard economic models are insufficient but nonredundant in explaining the regional differentials. There was little decline in the effect of region after controlling for a wide range of background and other characteristics. Further anlaysis indicates that unmarried Quebec women place less importance on mariage, but greater importance on lasting relationships, than do other unmarried Canadian women, highlighting the role of cohabitation in Canadian union formation.

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