Sibling similarity in family formation

Fasang, Anette Eva ; Raab, Marcel ; Erola, Jani ; Karhula, Aleksi

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Document Type: Conference or workshop publication
Year of publication: 2014
Book title: Population Association of America 2014 Annual Meeting Program : Boston, MA, May 1-3, Marriot Copley Place
The title of a journal, publication series: Annual Meeting / Population Association of America
Page range: 1-39
Conference title: PAA 2014 Annual Meeting
Location of the conference venue: Boston, MA
Date of the conference: 01.-03.05.2014
Publisher: Moffitt, Robert
Place of publication: Washington, DC
Publishing house: Population Association of America
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Bildungs- u. Familiensoziologie (Juniorprofessur) (Raab 2015-2020)
Subject: 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Sibling studies have been widely usedto analyzethe impactof family background on socioeconomic and,to a lesser extent,demographic outcomes. We contribute to this literature with a novel research design thatcombines sibling comparisonsand sequence analysis to analyzelongitudinal family formation trajectories of siblings and unrelatedpersons. This allows us to scrutinizein a more rigorousway, whether there is sibling similarity in family formation trajectories and ifsiblings’ shared background characteristics, such as parental education and early childhood family structurecan account for similarity in family formation. We use Finnish register data from 1987 until2007 to construct complete longitudinal family formation trajectoriesin young adulthoodfor siblings and unrelated dyads (N=14,259 dyads). Findings show thatsiblings’ family formation is moderately but significantly more similarthan for unrelated dyads, alsoafter controlling for crucialparental background characteristics. Sharedparental background characteristicsadd surprisingly little toaccount for sibling similarity in family formation. Instead of shared parental background, gender and the respondents’ own education are more decisive forces in the stratification of family formation. Yet family internal dynamics seem to reinforce this stratification, such that siblings have a higher probability to experience similar family formation patterns. Particularly patterns that go along with economic disadvantage are concentrated within families. This is in line with a growing body of research highlighting the importance of family structure in the reproduction of social inequality.
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