Patterns of partnership formation among lone mothers in Russia

Cordula D. Zabel, Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

This study examines the determinants of partnership formation among lone mothers in Russia, using data from the Russian Generations and Gender Survey (GGS) and Education and Employment Survey (EES). The central research question is whether difficult economic circumstances pressure lone mothers to enter new partnerships sooner than they would under other circumstances, limiting their freedom of choice of type of living arrangement. The empirical results show that while occupation influences lone mothers’ rates of partnership formation both before and after 1991, a significant effect of employment status does not appear until after 1991. Apart from economic factors, demographic factors such as the age and number of children are also shown to importantly impact lone mothers’ rates of partnership formation. Comparisons to patterns of partnership formation among childless women are also presented.

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Presented in Session 67: Lone-Motherhood: Well-Being and Partnership Formation

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