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Remarriage and Changes in Life Course Patterns

  • Yoda Shohei
    National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

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  • 再婚からみるライフコースの変容
  • サイコン カラ ミル ライフコース ノ ヘンヨウ

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This study utilizes data from the Japanese General Social Survey (2000–2002) to measure trends in remarriage rates by gender and educational level. Event history analysis reveals the following findings. First, the probability of remarriage has declined among recent cohorts entering singlehood due to either divorce or widowhood. Second, the likelihood of remarriage depends on gender and educational level. Men are more likely to get remarried than women, and the more educated have a higher probability of remarrying than the less educated. Third, the educational differentials in remarriage rates have increased across the cohorts, whereas the gender gap has decreased.<br>Past studies have seen a rapid decline in first marriage rates and an increase in divorce rates. Given the demographic trends, the results of the present study imply that Japanese people face an increased risk of singlehood across their life course. The changes, however, are concentrated among socioeconomically vulnerable groups.

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