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    This Project is part of the following research programme/s:

    Fertility and Family

    Overview

    Previous research found that childbearing within cohabitation is associated with a pattern of disadvantage; however, less is known about couples' partnership and fertility decision-making with respect to labour market participation and housing conditions. This project extends prior work to look at the causes and consequences of partnership decision-making in the context of changing economic conditions and social norms in the UK. Using the UKHLS, we investigate whether cohabitors are more or less likely to be in dual-earner, male- or female-breadwinner households than married couples, and to what extent this changes after a birth. We also examine whether local housing costs prompt entrance into union or marriage and explore new questions on marriage intentions that will be fielded in the 2018-19 wave of UKHLS. The research will inform the debate on whether legal rights should be expanded to unmarried couples.

    Publications & Activities

    Media

    How 'out of wedlock' went from an insult to an aspiration The Telegraph. 2021
    Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris quoted in The Telegraph about changing attitudes towards getting married.

    Young less likely to own their home before starting a family The Times. 2021
    News article in The Times quotes research by Professor Ann Berrington about declining home ownership among new parents. Please see CPC Policy briefing 63, Homeownership and the transition to parenthood.

    New parents as likely to be in private rented housing as own homes Youtube. 2021
    Video on Youtube quotes research by Professor Ann Berrington about declining home ownership among new parents. Please see CPC Policy briefing 63, Homeownership and the transition to parenthood.

    New parents as likely to live in private rented housing than owning homes as cost of owning competes with raising children Morning Star. 2021
    News article in Morning Star quotes research by Professor Ann Berrington about declining home ownership among new parents. Please see CPC Policy briefing 63, Homeownership and the transition to parenthood.

    New dad and mom are as more likely to be in personal rental lodging as they're in their very own lodging Shiny Life. 2021
    News article on Shiny Life website quotes research by Professor Ann Berrington. Please see CPC Policy briefing 63, Homeownership and the transition to parenthood.

    Study finds disconnect between home ownership and starting a family New Start Mag. 2021
    News article in New Start Mag quotes research by Professor Ann Berrington about declining home ownership among new parents. Please see CPC Policy briefing 63, Homeownership and the transition to parenthood.

    New parents as likely to be in private rented housing as own homes The Independent. 2021
    News article in The Independent quotes research by Professor Ann Berrington about declining home ownership among new parents. Please see CPC Policy briefing 63, Homeownership and the transition to parenthood.

    Buying a house no longer comes before having children, researchers find The Telegraph. 2021
    News article in The Telegraph quotes research by Professor Ann Berrington about declining home ownership among new parents. Please see CPC Policy briefing 63, Homeownership and the transition to parenthood.