CARING project




Sequence and cluster analyses on data from SHARE surveys (waves 3 and 4) compare family building trajectories for individuals from the birth cohorts 1927-58 (aged 50+ years in 2009).

The analytic strategy consists of two stages. In the first stage sequence and cluster analyses identify groups of people with similar early partnership and fertility trajectories over the 31 years observed (16-46 years of age).

The second stage explores the associations between the nine clusters identified and several characteristics of respondents’ core discussion networks in the later part of their lives, as well as exchanges of personal help with members of their core discussion network and beyond, as interviewed again in wave 4, when aged 51 or older (on average 66,5).

The analyses make use of the TraMineR package (version 2.0-8, Garibaldinho et al. 2011) and Weighted Cluster package (version 1.2-1, Studer 2013) in R (version 3.4.3).


Schiller Gymnasium Potsdam

Early life family formation and later intergenerational relations. Does family building matter? (23 January 2019)

Policy Brief 1

Informal support in ageing: the demography of family care (21 December 2018)

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Early life course trajectories and social networks in later age

Presentation at the Duisburg-Essen Soziologiches Kolloquium (21 November 2018)

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Family formation trajectories and elderly’s networks: inequalities by demographic processes?

Presentation at the ESRC conference, Paris - Session Vg – Family and economic inequalities (31 October 2018)

Early life course trajectories and social networks in later age

Presentation at the Research Colloquium „Social Policy“ Hertie School of Governance (13 September 2018)

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How Do Changes in Early Family Formation Trajectories Reflect Onto Later Intergenerational Relations?

Presentation at the CES conference, Chicago (30 March 2018)


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement CARING No 749443.