Education, Work and Family Events in Women's Lives : Long-Term Developments and Recent Trends in East and West Germany Paperback
This book investigates how educational expansion, the trend towards the service society and the German reunification affect East and West German women's life courses and family lives.
It focuses on educational enrolment, educational attainment level, labour force participation, career resources, social origin, the educational match among partners as well as historical periods and examines their consequences on women's entry into first motherhood as well as partnership formation and dissolution processes. Using longitudinal data from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), the author applies multivariate methods such as event history analysis.
The findings suggest that women's entry into motherhood during full-time education is highly dependent on women's ages, social origins and the policy measures in a country.
Furthermore, women's education has mainly an effect on the time structure of entry into first motherhood over the life course of differently qualified women but not on their final decision to enter into motherhood.
The author also looks into women's partnership formation and dissolution processes.
East and West German women do only differ slightly with regard to these transitions.
Based on a new theoretical model on educational assortative mating and divorce, the author is able to show that there are not only benefits from division of work but also benefits from communication within married couples.
Women's upward marriages are the most stable ones, with homogamous marriages ranking second, followed by married down marriages being the least stable ones.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 250 pages
- Publisher: Verlag Barbara Budrich
- Publication Date: 19/03/2018
- Category: Gender studies: women
- ISBN: 9783863887728