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A subregional space-time exploration of family change: Italian municipalities, 1991-2011

Marcantonio Caltabiano (), Emanuela Dreassi (), Emilia Rocco () and Daniele Vignoli ()
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Marcantonio Caltabiano: Dipartimento di Economia, Università di Messina
Emanuela Dreassi: Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni "G. Parenti", Università di Firenze, https://www.disia.unifi.it
Emilia Rocco: Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni "G. Parenti", Università di Firenze, https://www.disia.unifi.it

No 2017_03, Econometrics Working Papers Archive from Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni "G. Parenti"

Abstract: This paper posits that the municipality level offers important insights into the study of temporal and spatial patterns of family change. We focus on the diffusion of one-parent families in Italy: variation in the structure of co-resident domestic groups is a crucial indicator of changing diversity in family patterns. We apply a hierarchical Bayesian spatio-temporal model to the data of the last three Italian Population Censuses, at the municipality level. Our results show substantial sub-regional and sub-provincial heterogeneities in the spatial organization of family systems. These patterns might have gone undetected if larger territorial units of analysis had been considered.

Keywords: Family change; one-parent families; municipality level; Bayesian spatio-temporal model; Italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J13 C33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2017-04
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