The Cohabitation Wealth Premium: Comparing France, East and West Germany

In Europe, the stark increase in heterosexual cohabitation, i.e. women and men living together as a couple without being married, is one of the most important demographic changes in families in the last decades. Our knowledge about how cohabitation, which is differently legally regulated and culturally accepted across social contexts, influences the life chances of individuals across these contexts is limited, however. In particular, the consequences of cohabitation for the economic wealth of couples are not clear. While marriage has been linked to a wealth premium, we do not know whether such positive consequences extend to cohabitation. Therefore, this timely and innovative project examines the association between cohabitation and wealth paying close attention to the distinct legal and cultural contexts in France, East, and West Germany. The project will bring together eminent experts on family demography and wealth and early career researchers from both countries to facilitate a deeper understanding of social processes that create wealth inequalities. By jointly studying commonalities and differences across contexts, relevant new insights can be gained.

Lersch, Philipp Martin Prof. Dr. (Details) (Soziologie der Sozialpolitik (S))

Projektstart: 01/2020
Projektende: 12/2021

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