The analysis of early life courses: Complex descriptions of the transition to adulthood

  title={The analysis of early life courses: Complex descriptions of the transition to adulthood},
  author={Francesco C. Billari},
  journal={Journal of Population Research},
  • F. Billari
  • Published 1 November 2001
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Population Research
The quantitative analysis of life courses has to deal with a complex pattern of interrelated events and trajectories. Such a complex pattern needs complex measurement tools, even if only to describe the experience of cohorts. This paper addresses the methodological issue of describing the transition to adulthood from a life course perspective, following an event-based definition. New proposals are developed and traditional approaches are discussed, using Italy as an example. A generalization of… Expand
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