The paper “Does waiting pay off for couples? Partnership duration prior to household formation and union stability” by our voluntary fellow Christine Schnor has been nominated “Editor’s Choice” by the editorial board of Demographic Research, the peer-reviewed open-access journal of population sciences.
The editorial report states: “the study of non-marital as well as marital unions is now firmly established in demography. All demographers recognize that most relationships begin well before couples move in together or marry, but have not usually had data with which to examine relationships from the start. Christine Schnor’s analysis of the PAIRFAM/DemoDiff survey provides clear evidence for the beneficial effects of time living apart together for stability of subsequent unions. The fact that the relationship is robust to controls for characteristics that are known to increase relationship quality suggests that time itself produces greater knowledge and better decisions about living together.”