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Marriage and Socioeconomic Change in Contemporary Indonesia
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
© National Council on Family Relations, 2008
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 70, Issue 4, pages 904–918, November 2008
How to Cite
Nobles, J. and Buttenheim, A. (2008), Marriage and Socioeconomic Change in Contemporary Indonesia. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 904–918. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00535.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Asian families;
- Pacific Islander families;
- social context;
- sociohistorical change
This study investigates the relationship between economic trends and entry into marriage in a rapidly developing setting. We examine Indonesian marriage in the 1990s, a decade of substantial economic growth followed by a sudden financial collapse in 1998. We use discrete-time hazard models to analyze information on 4,078 women and 4,496 men from the Indonesia Family Life Survey. Although previous research has shown that marriages may be postponed after economic downturn, we find no evidence of such delays at the national level following the 1998 financial crisis. In contrast, we use regional wage rate data to show that entry into marriage is inversely related to economic growth throughout the decade for all women and for men from lower socioeconomic strata.