Volume 10 - Article 2 | Pages 27-60
Marriage in Russia: a reconstruction
|Date received:||12 Sep 2003|
|Date published:||26 Feb 2004|
|Keywords:||divorce, historical demography, marriage, multistate models, nuptiality, Russia, widowhood|
The micro census 1994 of the Russian Federation collected detailed marital histories for al respondents. This information made it possible to construct multistate marital tables for both male and female cohorts born since 1910 for the first time. Continuity and change in marital patterns over a most turbulent of Russian history could be analyzed. Divorce rose monotonically from a quite low level for the cohort of 1910 to the high incidence that is characteristic for modern Russia.
The typical Eastern European marriage pattern of early and almost universal marriage was remarkably stable. The major crisis, the Second World War, led to a postponement of marriage, but even in the female cohorts confronted with an extreme unbalanced marriage market the proportion never married was remarkably low.
Sergei Scherbov - Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Harrie van Vianen - Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
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