English title: Do Transitions to Adulthood Converge in Europe? An Optimal Matching Analysis of Work–Family Trajectories of Men and Women from 20 European Countries
Author(s): Laurent Lesnard - Anne-Sophie Cousteaux - Flora Chanvril - Viviane Le Hay -
Type: Journal article
This article addresses the question of the convergence of transitions to adulthood in 20 European countries using data from the third round of the European Social Survey (2006). Pathways are derived from five events—employment, leaving home, union formation, marriage, and childbearing—retrospectively observed for men and women >35 years old (N = 26,351), over four birth cohorts and described with optimal matching and cluster analyses. Using correspondence analysis, we find a convergence between male and female patterns in the passage to adulthood in Northern and Western Europe. Despite some convergence, the transition to adulthood in European countries remains marked by their historical family systems.
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Journal: European Sociological Review