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AGEMARR
Age at first marriage or union

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Description

AGEMARR indicates the person's age at first marriage or consensual union.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Argentina
Brazil
Canada
China
Greece
Indonesia
Iraq
Lesotho
Malawi
Mexico
Nigeria
Pakistan
Philippines
Romania
Rwanda
Saint Lucia
South Sudan
Spain
United States
Zambia

Comparability — General

The universe varies substantially across samples. Many samples limit the responses to females, and some asked only persons who were currently in their first marriage or union. The responses in many samples are top-coded; see the codes page and country-specific comparability notes.

The data for Argentina, Spain, Greece, Romania, and Iraq are calculated by subtracting duration for marriage from age of the person. Similarly, the data from Hungary are recodes of year of first marriage. Depending on the month the census was taken, the data for these samples therefore under- or over-estimate AGEMARR slightly. Year of marriage for these and other samples is available in MARRYR and MARRYR2.

The following samples explicitly include non-marital consensual unions in this variable: Argentina, Brazil, Malawi, Mexico, Philippines, Rwanda, and Saint Lucia.

Age is bottom-coded at 10 years for all samples.

Some samples have different but related information on the duration of current marriage or union DURMARR.

Comparability — Argentina [top]

The data indicate age at first union and are only available for persons currently in their first union. The data are calculated from year of union.

Comparability — Brazil [top]

The data indicate age at first union, including non-marital consensual unions.

Comparability — Canada [top]

For the 1981 sample, ages over 34 are grouped into intervals, with a top-code of 50 years. The data are coded to the mid-points of the intervals.

Comparability — China [top]

The data are top-coded at 86 or more years.

Comparability — Greece [top]

The data are calculated from year of first marriage and are available only for women.

Comparability — Indonesia [top]

The data are available only for women. This information is not available for the 1971, 1985, 2000, and 2010 samples.

Comparability — Iraq [top]

The 1980 data are restricted to females only; the 1990 data are for men and women. The data for both samples are calculated from year of first marriage.

Comparability — Lesotho [top]

The data are top-coded at 49 or more years.

Comparability — Malawi [top]

The data indicate age at first union.

Comparability — Mexico [top]

The data indicate age at first union.

Comparability — Nigeria [top]

The universe differs significantly across samples. The 2006 question was asked to only of females, but both sexes were asked in 2007. A significant number of never-married people gave a response in 2007.

Comparability — Pakistan [top]

The original data include values as low as 1 year of age, available in the unharmonized source variable. The data are available only for women.

Comparability — Philippines [top]

The data indicate age at first union and are available only for women age 15 to 49.

Comparability — Romania [top]

The data for the 1992 and 2002 samples are calculated from year of first marriage and are available only for women currently in their first marriage. In 2011, the census question asked about the age at first marriage to married females only.

The data are bottom-coded at 12 and top-coded at 64 in 2002; while there is a top-code at 65 or more years in 2011.

Comparability — Rwanda [top]

The data are bottom-coded at 12 or less years and top-coded at 55 or more years. The census question refers to marriage or consensual union.

Comparability — Saint Lucia [top]

The data identify year of first union, which includes non-marital consensual unions.

The data are top-coded at 40 years.

Comparability — South Sudan [top]

The data are top-coded at 60 or more years.

Comparability — Spain [top]

The data are calculated from year of first marriage and are available only for women currently in their first marriage.

Comparability — United States [top]

The U.S. data are fully comparable.

Comparability — Zambia [top]

The universe differs across samples. The 1990 question was asked to ever-married persons. The 2010 question was asked to ever-married person's age 12 or more.

Universe

  • Argentina 2001: Persons age 14+ in their first union
  • Brazil 1991: Persons ever in a union
  • Canada 1971: Ever-married persons age 15+
  • Canada 1981: Ever-married persons age 15+, excluding inmates
  • China 2000: Persons age 15+ ever married
  • Greece 2001: Ever-married females
  • Hungary 1980: Ever-married females age 15+
  • Hungary 1990: Ever-married persons
  • Indonesia 1976: Ever married females age 10+
  • Indonesia 1980: Ever married females age 10+
  • Indonesia 1990: Ever married females age 10+
  • Indonesia 1995: Ever-married females age 10 to 54
  • Indonesia 2005: Ever married females age 10+
  • Iraq 1997: Ever-married persons age 12+
  • Lesotho 2006: Ever-married persons
  • Malawi 2008: Ever-married non-visitors age 12+
  • Malaysia 1980: Ever-married persons age 10+
  • Mexico 1995: Ever-married persons age 12+
  • Nigeria 2006: Ever-married females
  • Nigeria 2007: Ever-married persons age 15+
  • Pakistan 1973: Ever-married females
  • Palestine 1997: Ever-married persons age 12+
  • Palestine 2007: Ever-married persons age 12+, except those in Jerusalem annexed by Israel
  • Philippines 1990: Ever-married females age 15 to 49
  • Philippines 2010: Ever-married females age 15 to 49
  • Romania 1992: Females born before 1977 in their first marriage
  • Romania 2002: Females age 15+ in their first marriage
  • Romania 2011: Female married persons
  • Rwanda 2012: Ever married persons age 12+
  • Saint Lucia 1991: Persons age 15+ ever married or in a union
  • South Sudan 2008: Ever-married persons age 12+
  • Spain 1981: Females in their first marriage
  • Sudan 2008: Ever-married persons age 12+
  • Thailand 1980: Ever-married females age 11+
  • United States 1960: Ever-married persons
  • United States 1980: Ever-married persons
  • Zambia 1990: Ever-married persons
  • Zambia 2010: Present members and visitors age 12+ ever married

Availability

  • Argentina: 2001
  • Brazil: 1991
  • Canada: 1971, 1981
  • China: 2000
  • Greece: 2001
  • Hungary: 1980, 1990
  • Indonesia: 1976, 1980, 1990, 1995, 2005
  • Iraq: 1997
  • Lesotho: 2006
  • Malawi: 2008
  • Malaysia: 1980
  • Mexico: 1995
  • Nigeria: 2006, 2007
  • Pakistan: 1973
  • Palestine: 1997, 2007
  • Philippines: 1990, 2010
  • Romania: 1992, 2002, 2011
  • Rwanda: 2012
  • Saint Lucia: 1991
  • South Sudan: 2008
  • Spain: 1981
  • Sudan: 2008
  • Thailand: 1980
  • United States: 1960, 1980
  • Zambia: 1990, 2010