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Why Marry? Race and the Transition to Marriage Among Cohabitors.

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Manning, Wendy D.
Smock, Pamela J.
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The transition to first marriage among cohabiting black and white men and women is investigated, drawing on data form the National Survey of Families and Households. The results underscore the importance of economic factors on the transition to marriage for both black and white cohabitors. It is also found that for black cohabitors, but not for whites, socioeconomic disadvantage during childhood reduces the odds of marriage. The presence of children in cohabiting unions tends to increase the chance of marrying a cohabiting partner for both blacks and whites. The results demonstrate the importance of including cohabitation in research on the marriage process. (Author abstract).

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