Publication: Home and Where the Heart Is: Marriage Timing and Joint Home Purchase

Title: Home and Where the Heart Is: Marriage Timing and Joint Home Purchase
Authors: Jennifer A. Holland
Journal: European Journal of Population/Revue européenne de Démographie, 28(1), 65-89.
Abstract: This article evaluates the relationship between the timing of marriage and the purchase of a jointly owned home among Swedish cohabiting couples. Data for this analysis come from the Swedish Housing and Life Course Cohort Study ( N = 1,596 couples; 2,006 cohabiting spells). The author develops models to proxy for simultaneity and intentions and test hypotheses about positive and negative and long- and short-run relationships between the two life-course events. The author uses a novel modeling approach, allowing for differences in the risk before, concurrently and after the conditioning event. Results indicate a positive relationship between marriage and joint home purchase and suggest the possibility of an ordering of events: For some couples, formalizing their union through marriage may be a prerequisite for a joint home purchase.

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Support for the research was provided by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Demography and Ecology (Center Grant R24 HD047873). I also thank Sara Ström and the Swedish Institute for Futures Studies for access to and documentation of the Swedish Life Course and Cohort Study.


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