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Table 2 Statistical description of the characteristics of all couples by marriage cohorts

From: Is the “seven-year itch” real?—a study on the changing divorce pattern in Chinese marriages

Variables Before 1980 1980–1989 1990–1999 2000–2010 All
Residence (%)      
 • Countryside 68.7 67.8 65.4 64.7 67.0
 • City 31.3 32.2 34.6 35.3 33.0
Wives’ highest education level (%)      
 • Elementary and below 79.0 57.1 55.1 37.0 60.3
 • Secondary 9.1 24.1 25.3 33.9 21.2
 • High school 3.9 13.5 11.5 17.0 10.5
 • College and above 1.3 2.2 5.4 10.5 4.1
 • Missing value 6.7 3.1 2.8 1.6 3.9
Wives’ age at first      
Marriage 20.7 22.2 22.7 23.3 22.0
(year) (3.5) (3.3) (3.5) (4.1) (3.7)
Sample size (pairs) 5,447 4,519 3,532 2,974 16,472
  1. Note: (1) Standard deviations in parentheses