Codes and Frequencies
COHAB reports whether the respondent is cohabiting or legally married.
Comparability — Index
COHAB is comparable across all samples.
Comparability — Canada [top]
In 2010, the original marital status variables included some inconsistencies. Some couples coded as cohabiting are living in a common law marriage.
Comparability — France [top]
In 1985, this variable was created by the combination of CIVSTAT (whether the person lives in couple or not) and the marital status from the original individual data, which includes a legally married category.
Comparability — Italy [top]
In 2002, the information for this variable is not directly asked but is constructed based on related variables.
Comparability — United Kingdom [top]
In 1987, only main respondents were asked whether they had a partner, and whether this partner was their legal spouse. Other couples can be identified, but whether they are married or cohabiting cannot be identified.
Comparability — United States [top]
In 1998-2001, the information is available only for 1998-99 FISCT survey.
- All persons in a couple (married/cohabiting/civil partnership).
- Austria: 1992
- Bulgaria: 2001
- Canada: 2010, 2015
- Finland: 2009
- France: 1985, 2009
- Hungary: 1999
- Italy: 2002, 2008
- Netherlands: 1995
- South Africa: 2010
- Spain: 2002, 2009
- United Kingdom: 1983, 1987, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2014
- United States: 1998, 2003-2018