Dynamics of life course family transitions in Germany: exploring patterns, process and relationships

  • This paper explores dynamics of family life events in Germany using discrete time event history analysis based on SOEP data. We find that higher educational attainment, better income level, and marriage emerge as salient protective factors mitigating the risk of mortality; better education also reduces the likelihood of first marriage whereas, lower educational attainment, protracted period, and presence of children act as protective factors against divorce. Our key finding shows that disparity in mean life expectancies between individuals from low- and high-income brackets is observed to be 9 years among males and 6 years among females, thereby illustrating the mortality inequality attributed to income disparities. Our estimates show that West Germans have low risk of death, less likelihood of first marriage, and they have a high risk of divorce and remarriage compared to East Germans.

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Author:Raimond MaurerORCiDGND, Sehrish Usman
Series (Serial Number):SAFE working paper (399)
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Working Paper
Year of Completion:2023
Year of first Publication:2023
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2023/09/12
Tag:Family dynamics; Hazard estimation; Life Events; Life course transitions
Edition:August 28, 2023
Page Number:58
We gratefully acknowledge research support from the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research (SAFE).
Institutes:Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Wissenschaftliche Zentren und koordinierte Programme / House of Finance (HoF)
Wissenschaftliche Zentren und koordinierte Programme / Center for Financial Studies (CFS)
Wissenschaftliche Zentren und koordinierte Programme / Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe (SAFE)
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
JEL-Classification:C Mathematical and Quantitative Methods / C1 Econometric and Statistical Methods: General / C13 Estimation
C Mathematical and Quantitative Methods / C3 Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models / C34 Truncated and Censored Models
J Labor and Demographic Economics / J1 Demographic Economics / J12 Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht