I have been working with the age at first marriage variable (AGEMARR) in the 1970 decennial census and then tacking on attached characteristics (in particular, AGEMARR_SP) when I got to thinking – whose age at first marriage does AGEMARR_SP represent? For example, let’s say an individual gets married (to Spouse A), then divorced, and then remarried (to Spouse B) and is married to Spouse B at the time of the 1970 census. Will AGEMARR_SP represent the age at first marriage of Spouse A or Spouse B? My guess is Spouse B based on the “pointer” variable definition, but wanted to be sure.
In principle, my question also applies to MARRNO, WIDOW, and other variables documenting a feature of first marriage.
Thanks, in advance, for any help!