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Explaining spatial homogamy. Compositional, spatial and regional cultural determinants of regional patterns of spatial homogamy in the Netherlands.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography. (Population, Geography and GIS)
2011 (English)In: Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, ISSN 1874-4621, Vol. 4, no 2, 75-93 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Spatial homogamy, or sharing a similarity in geographical origin, is anunder-researched dimension in homogamy studies. In the Netherlands, people tendto choose spatially homogamous partners. Moreover, there is considerable regionalvariation in spatial homogamy, even when residential location and populationdensity are controlled for. This study aims to explain the regional variation in spatialhomogamy by means of a spatial regression. Three sets of explanations are takeninto account: compositional effects, spatial determinants, and regional culturaldifferences. The data used consists of a unique geo-coded micro dataset on all newcohabiters in the Netherlands in 2004 (N=289,248), combined with other data fromvarying sources. In the spatial regression, the dependent variable is the standardizeddistance coefficient, based on the distance between partners before cohabitation,standardised for the average distance to other inhabitants. We find that especiallyeducational, income and cultural differences contribute to the regional variation inspatial homogamy.

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Springer , 2011. Vol. 4, no 2, 75-93 p.
Keyword [en]
partner choice, homogamy, the Netherlands, spatial econometrics
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Human Geography; Demography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52555DOI: 10.1007/s12061-009-9044-6OAI: diva2:388140
Available from: 2011-01-17 Created: 2011-01-17 Last updated: 2011-12-13Bibliographically approved

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