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When do people become adults? The Uruguayan case

Frank Furstenberg, Natalia Melgar () and Maximo Rossi ()
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Natalia Melgar: Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República

No 2611, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Department of Economics - dECON

Abstract: We explore what are the key facts that Uruguayans consider relevant for being an adult. In particular, we assess the linkages between adulthood and skills, income, labor market participation and marital status, among others personal attributes. With the aim of identifying behavioral patterns, we estimate ordered probit models. Our dataset is the 2008 survey carried out by the International Social Survey Program in Uruguay.This article points out that gender, age and the educational level are critical factors for understanding opinions about adulthood. Moreover, we extend previous findings by showing that living some circumstances does not make people to consider that they are relevant experiences. For example, regarding parenthood, there are non-significant differences between those who have had a child and those who have not.

Keywords: adulthood; transition; life course; Uruguay (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 J19 Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-10
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