Geography matters. Patterns of spatial homogamy in the Netherlands
2008 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8452, E-ISSN 1544-8444, Vol. 14, no 5, 387-405 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
‘Cupid may have wings, but apparently they are not adapted for long flights.’ Studies on the spatial dimension of the partner market have found that the number of marriages declines as the distance between potential spouses increases. This paper explores the role of geographical distance in partner choice in the Netherlands. The availability of unique integral micro data from the population register enables us to study spatial homogamy among all new cohabiters. Spatial homogamy is measured by calculating distances between partners before cohabitation. The explorative study shows that geography matters: Dutch persons choose spatially homogamous partners. Spatial homogamy is influenced by demographic factors. With increasing age, spatial homogamy increases. Moreover, those who live with their parents and those who are single parents before cohabitation live significantly closer to their future partners. Spatial homogamy also exhibits a distinct spatial pattern. However, conditional on population size and geographical location, long distances between partners in peripheral areas become insignificant. Finally, the distance between partners decreases as urbanisation increases. The findings stimulate the discussionon the role of cultural factors in partner choice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley , 2008. Vol. 14, no 5, 387-405 p.
spatial homogamy, partner choice, the Netherlands, register data, spatial patterns, spatial homogamy coefficient
Human Geography Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Demography; Human Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52560DOI: 10.1002/psp.487OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-52560DiVA: diva2:388157