Linus Andersson: Essays on Family DynamicsPartnering, Fertility and Divorce in Sweden
Diversity in household and family structures poses interesting questions for scientific inquiry. What accounts for patternsof reproduction, partnering, household formation and household dissolution? This dissertation investigates facets of thisquestion in the context of modern Sweden from a longitudinal and individual level perspective. It consists of three empiricalstudies using data from administrative registers and panel survey data. The first study begins with noting a rapid expansionin online education and analyzes whether this development leads to higher fertility in student populations. The secondstudy asks whether individuals’ predispositions towards divorce change after exposure to the experience of parenthood,union formation and union dissolution. The third study builds on the literature on assortative mating and investigates whatdrives underlying preferences for this behavior.