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MARRNUM
Number of marriages or unions

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Description

MARRNUM records the number of marital unions the respondent has ever been in.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Argentina
Brazil
Fiji
Hungary
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Malaysia
Mexico
Nepal
Puerto Rico
United States
Uruguay

Comparability — General

The universe is ever-married persons in most samples, but is limited to currently married persons in some. A number of samples include both marital and non-marital consensual unions in their count: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Nepal, and Uruguay.

The variable is top-coded at two or more marriages/unions in many samples. The variable as a whole is top-coded at 8 or more unions. See the codes page for category availability.

Comparability — Argentina [top]

The data record marriages and consensual unions. Only persons currently in a marriage or union were asked the question.

Comparability — Brazil [top]

Only persons currently in a marriage or union are in the universe.

Comparability — Fiji [top]

Responses are top-coded at 2 or more.

Comparability — Hungary [top]

Only legal marriages are recorded -- up to five or more.

Comparability — Indonesia [top]

In all samples, the data pertain to marriages only -- not to non-marital unions. The information pertains only to women. The 1995 sample only asks the question to females younger than age 55. Age was not top-coded in the other samples.

Comparability — Iran [top]

The variable records changes in status; thus, marriages to a second or higher order spouse (polygamy) do not increment the count. The top value is 8 or more marriages.

Comparability — Iraq [top]

Multiple marriages may be an indicator of polygamy rather than serial marriages for men. The top value is 6 or more marriages.

Comparability — Israel [top]

In all years the data pertain to marriages, not non-marital unions.

Comparability — Malaysia [top]

The number of marriages is top-coded at 4 or more in 1970 and 2 or more in 1980.

Comparability — Mexico [top]

The data record marriages or consensual unions.

Comparability — Nepal [top]

Only persons currently in a marriage or union are in the universe. The data report marriages and consensual unions. Only persons currently in their second or higher order monogamous union are eligible to be reported as remarried.

Comparability — Puerto Rico [top]

In 2010 census only persons age 15 and over who are currently in a marriage or union are in the universe.

Comparability — United States [top]

In all U.S. samples the data pertain to marriages, not non-marital unions. In 1960 and 1980 responses are top-coded at 2 or more; in 2010 and 2015 responses are top-coded at 3 or more.

Comparability — Uruguay [top]

Responses include cohabitation. The unharmonized source variable records values above 8 unions.

Universe

  • Argentina 2001: Currently married persons
  • Brazil 1991: Currently married persons
  • Fiji 1976: Ever-married persons age 14+
  • Hungary 2001: Ever-married persons
  • Indonesia 1976: Ever-married females
  • Indonesia 1980: Ever-married females
  • Indonesia 1990: Ever-married females age 10+
  • Indonesia 1995: Ever-married females age 10 to 54
  • Indonesia 2005: Ever-married females age 10+
  • Iran 2006: Ever-married persons age 10+
  • Iraq 1997: Ever-married persons age 12+
  • Israel 1972: Ever-married persons
  • Israel 1983: Ever-married persons
  • Israel 1995: Ever-married persons
  • Malaysia 1970: Ever-married persons age 10+
  • Malaysia 1980: Ever-married persons age 10+
  • Mexico 1995: Ever-married persons age 12+
  • Nepal 2001: Currently married persons age 10+
  • Puerto Rico 2010: Ever-married persons age 15+
  • United States 1960: Ever-married persons age 14+
  • United States 1980: Ever-married persons age 15+
  • United States 2010: Ever-married persons age 15+
  • United States 2015: Ever-married persons age 15+
  • Uruguay 2006: Ever-married persons age 14+ in fourth sample trimester

Availability

  • Argentina: 2001
  • Brazil: 1991
  • Fiji: 1976
  • Hungary: 2001
  • Indonesia: 1976, 1980, 1990, 1995, 2005
  • Iran: 2006
  • Iraq: 1997
  • Israel: 1972, 1983, 1995
  • Malaysia: 1970, 1980
  • Mexico: 1995
  • Nepal: 2001
  • Puerto Rico: 2010
  • United States: 1960, 1980, 2010, 2015
  • Uruguay: 2006