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Morgan, S. Philip & Rindfuss, Ronald R. (1984). Household Structure and the Tempo of Family Formation in Comparative Perspective. Population Studies, 38(1), 129-139.


Previous research on the relationship between extended family residence and fertility has produced conflicting findings. In the present paper, we avoid a major shortcoming of past work by focusing on residence and fertility at a given stage of the life-cycle, i.e. the stage following first marriage. Results show that residence with husband's parents reduces age at marriage. Residence with wife's parents shows no such consistent effect. No evidence was found to support the claim that extended family residence consistently affects the length of the interval between marriage and the first birth. These findings are consistent across four cultural/ethnic groups.


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Morgan, S. Philip
Rindfuss, Ronald R.