This project advances our knowledge on individuals’ family formation processes by uncovering how preferences early in life may drive these later life outcomes. We examine whether the desire for children may act as a hidden driving force behind whether and when men and women commit to co-residential unions and marriage. We further investigate how union formation timing may in turn affect childbearing trajectories. Moreover, we address all questions for men and women separately, thereby contributing to our still spotty knowledge on men’s life courses and how drivers of family formation may affect men and women differently.
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