Skip to main content

Friend and peer effects on entry into marriage and parenthood: a multiprocess approach

Citation

Balbo, Nicolletta; Barban, Nicola; & Mills, Melinda (2013). Friend and peer effects on entry into marriage and parenthood: a multiprocess approach. Dondena Working Papers No. 056.

Abstract

This paper aims to investigate whether friends’ and peers’ behavior influence and individual’s entry into marriage and parenthood during the transition to adulthood of young, U.S. adults. After first studying entry into marriage and parenthood as two independent events, we then examine them as interrelated processes, there by considering them as two joint outcomes of an individual’s unique, underlying family-formation strategy. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we engage in a series of discrete time event history models to test whether the larger the number of friends and peers who get married (or have a child), the sooner the individual gets married
(or has a child). Results show strong cross-friend effects on
entry into parenthood, whereas entry into marriage is only affected by peer effects. Estimates of a multiprocess model show that cross-friend effects on entry into parenthood remain strongly significant even when we control for cross-process unobserved heterogeneity.

URL

http://ideas.repec.org/p/don/donwpa/056.html

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2013

Journal Title

Dondena Working Papers No. 056

Author(s)

Balbo, Nicolletta
Barban, Nicola
Mills, Melinda