• Alaka BasuAlaka Basu
      Alaka M. Basu is Professor, Development Sociology, Cornell University, and a member of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health
      Alessandro RosinaAlessandro Rosina
      Professor of Demography and Director, Center for Applied Statistics in Business and Economics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
      Andrea BrandoliniAndrea Brandolini
      Head of Statistical Analysis Directorate, Bank of Italy
      Bruno MasquelierBruno Masquelier
      Professor of Demography, University of Louvain, Belgium
      Cheikh MbackéCheikh Mbacké
      Associate Professor, Sociology department, Laval University
      Cinzia ContiCinzia Conti
      Researcher at Istat, Head of Unit on Foreign Presence and Social Dynamics
      Corrado BonifaziCorrado Bonifazi
      Director of the Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies, National Research Council, Rome Italy
      Ernestina CoastErnestina Coast
      Associate Professor of Population Studies, London School of Economics
      Wang FengFeng Wang
      Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, USA, and Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China fwang(at)
      Francesco BillariFrancesco Billari
      Professor of Sociology and Demography, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Bocconi University. • Personal webpage • francesco.billari(at)
      Gilles PisonGilles Pison
      Professor at Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle and Director of Research at the French National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) (Paris)
      Gustavo De SantisGustavo De Santis
      Professor of Demography, University of Florence, Italy
      Jacques VallinJacques Vallin
      Emeritus Research Director at INED, Paris; Honorary President of IUSSP
      John KnodelJohn Knodel
      Research Professor Emeritus, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan (USA) and International staff, College of Populations Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
      Letizia MencariniLetizia Mencarini
      Associate professor of Demography, Bocconi University - Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy & Collegio Carlo Alberto; P.I. ERC P.I. ERC project n. 313617 (2013-2018) SWELLFER
      Letizia TanturriLetizia Tanturri
      Associate Professor of Demography, University of Padova, Italy
      Massimo livi BacciMassimo livi Bacci
      Emeritus Professor of Demography, University of Florence, Italy
      Monica Das GuptaMonica Das Gupta
      Research Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, USA
      Paula Miranda-RibeiroPaula Miranda-Ribeiro
      Professor, Demography Department and Cedeplar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil.
      Peter McDonaldPeter McDonald
      Professor of Demography in the Australian National University. Honorary President of IUSSP and winner of the Irene B. Taeuber Award
      Roberto ImpicciatoreRoberto Impicciatore
      Università di Bologna.
      Salvatore StrozzaSalvatore Strozza
      Professor of Demography, University Federico II, Naples (Italy)
      Stefano MolinaStefano Molina
      Senior Program Officer, Giovanni Agnelli Foundation, Italy
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Grandmotherhood and retirement in Italy
Devenir grand-mère et prendre sa retraite en Italie

Francesca Zanasi, Inge Sieben

The article explores the relationship between becoming a grandmother and retiring in Italy. In contrast to the US and other countries in Europe, the two events do not overlap in Italy, and the former hardly influences the latter. Francesca Zanasi and Inge Sieben interpret the findings in relation to the familistic structure of Italy. In
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Does population aging erode democratic support?
Vieillissement de la population : un risque pour la démocratie?

Uwe Sunde

Individual support for democracy in the population is essential for the stability of democracies. However, not much is known about how demographic change, such as population aging, affects attitudes in this respect. Uwe Sunde shows that support for democracy increases with age, but declines with expected proximity to death. This suggests that a reduction in
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Socioeconomic differences in life satisfaction and longevity in Spain
Différences socioéconomiques de longévité et de satisfaction dans la vie en Espagne

Aïda Solé-Auró, Mariona Lozano

Aïda Solé-Auró and Mariona Lozano present data on “satisfied life expectancy” by gender and educational level in Spain. One of their somewhat paradoxical findings is that even though Spaniards are living longer and healthier lives than ever before,
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Prevalence of chronic diseases associated with increased risk of severe COVID-19 in the Philippines
Prévalence de maladies chroniques associées à un risque accru d’atteinte sévère de COVID-19 aux Philippines

Jeofrey B. Abalos

The Philippines has the one of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia. Using the 2016 National Disability Prevalence Survey, Jeofrey B. Abalos describes the prevalence of chronic diseases associated with increased risk of severe COVID-19
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How many people experience homelessness in Australia?
Combien de personnes sans domicile fixe en Australie?

James O’Donnell

Homelessness is damaging to individuals and society – and an exceedingly difficult phenomenon for researchers and policy makers to measure and analyse. In this article, James O’Donnell describes a new approach to estimating annual homelessness.
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Selecting highly educated immigrants may not significantly raise the average education of the U.S. labor force
Une politique de sélection d’immigrants très diplômés n’aurait pas d’effet significatif sur le niveau d’instruction moyen des travailleurs américains

Jennifer Van Hook, Alain Bélanger, Patrick Sabourin, Anne Morse

In the U.S., adopting a Canadian‐style admissions policy, i.e., explicitly selecting immigrants based on educational attainment,
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The subnational Human Development Index: details on inequality
L’indice de développement humain infranational: détails sur les inégalités

Iñaki Permanyer, Jeroen Smits

Studies on the distribution of human development across the globe tend to omit the variations that exist within countries. Iñaki Permanyer and Jeroen Smits fill this gap by developing a sub-national version of the well-known Human Development Index across all world countries.
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Education and sexually transmitted infections among Malawian adolescents
Niveau d’instruction et infections sexuellement transmissibles chez les adolescent(e)s au Malawi

Barbara S. Mensch, Monica Grant, Erica Erica Soler-Hampejsek

Barbara S. Mensch, Monica Grant and Erica Soler-Hampejsek estimate the effect of enrolment, grade attainment, and skills on herpes and HIV among Malawian adolescents.
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More siblings, less wealth in today’s Germany
Plus de frères et sœurs signifie moins de fortune personnelle en Allemagne aujourd’hui

Philipp M. Lersch

Philipp M. Lersch studies the relationship between people’s number of siblings and their economic wealth in Germany. He finds that additional siblings reduce wealth by about 38%.
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Accounting for diffusion, broader family planning program effects found in Nigeria
Une efficacité plus large du programme de planification familiale au Nigeria, grâce à la diffusion

David K. Guilkey, Lisa M. Calhoun, Ilene S. Speizer

Few investigators examine program diffusion because they lack data from outside the intervention areas. Using data collected from state-level surveys,
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Comparing mortality variability between the United States and peer countries
Comparaison de la variabilité de la mortalité entre les États-Unis et les autres pays de l’OCDE

Justin M. Vinneau, Richard Rogers, Robert A. Hummer, Elizabeth M. Lawrence

Compared to other high-income countries, the United States has lower life expectancy and greater age-specific mortality variability, due in part to a higher concentration of deaths at young ages.
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The spatial integration of immigrants in Europe
L’intégration spatiale des immigrés en Europe

Daniel T. Lichter, Domenico Parisi, Shrinidhi Ambinakudige

Working on 1,396 sub-regional areal units, Daniel T. Lichter, Domenico Parisi, and Shrinidhi Ambinakudige show that in almost all European countries, immigrants from outside Europe are less spatially integrated with the native population
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Frontline workers in the U.S.: race, ethnicity, and gender
Les travailleurs de première ligne aux États-Unis : race, origine ethnique et sexe

Lily Casura, Ricardo Lowe, Jr, Cristina Martinez, Sarah Serpas, Victoria Castellanos, Joachim Singelmann

Lily Casura, Ricardo Lowe, Jr., Cristina Martinez, Sarah Serpas, Victoria Castellanos, and Joachim Singelmann examine the sociodemographic characteristics of frontline workers in the United States in terms of race/ethnicity, sex, and income.
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Does information change attitudes toward immigrants?
L’information change-t-elle la perception des immigrés ?

Alexis Grigorieff, Christopher Roth, Diego Ubfal

Alexis Grigorieff, Christopher Roth and Diego Ubfal estimate the effect of providing information about the size and characteristics of the immigrant group on attitudes toward immigrants in the United States.
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Is support between parents and adult children reciprocal?
Le soutien entre parents et enfants adultes est-il réciproque ?

Hans Hämäläinen, Bruno Arpino

Hans Hämäläinen and Bruno Arpino investigate short-term reciprocity of intergenerational support from the viewpoint of adult children. They consider multiple forms of support and examine whether previously received support from parents is associated with support provided to parents later.
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Putting mobile phones in women’s hands spurs sustainable development
L’accès au téléphone portable pour les femmes favorise le développement durable

Francesco Billari, Ridhi Kashyap, Luca Maria Pesando, Valentina Rotondi, Jenny Trinitapoli

For billions of people, mobile phones provide a means to communicate effectively, to obtain information, and to access vital services for health, education, society, and the economy.
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Opposites attract. Unions between majority natives and marriage migrants in Sweden
L’attraction des opposés. Mariages entre Suédois(es) et personnes qui migrent en Suède pour se marier

Annika Elwert

Marriage with the prospect of migration may lead to new patterns of union formation in globalized marriage markets. Annika Elwert looks at characteristics and marriage patterns of majority natives who are in unions with immigrants who
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More children linked to lower mortality in contemporary Norway, with exceptions
Une mortalité qui diminue en fonction du nombre d’enfants dans la Norvège contemporaine, à quelques exceptions près

Øystein Kravdal

In Norway, as the number of children increases, mortality generally falls or remains almost constant. However, Øystein Kravdal notes an exception when it comes to cardiovascular disease mortality:
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The child health benefits of parents’ education in diverse African families
Bénéfices de l’éducation des parents sur la santé des enfants dans diverses familles africaines

Emily Smith-Greenaway
Child health inequalities

Does union status affect the intergenerational transmission of advantage? Using data from 30 African countries, Emily Smith-Greenaway examines whether the health advantages associated with parents’ education are comparable for children
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The gender-cliff: Why women tend to earn less than their male partners
Pourquoi les femmes gagnent-elles moins, en général, que leurs partenaires masculins ?

André Grow, Jan Van Bavel
women tend to earn less than their male partners

Women tend to earn less than their male partners, all over the world. André Grow and Jan Van Bavel show that this can easily be explained by combining the unequal distribution of labour income by gender with the (likely) tendency to prefer partners with high incomes.
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Fertility inequality can slow down global poverty reduction in developing countries
Les inégalités de fécondité peuvent ralentir le recul de la pauvreté dans les pays en développement

Frank-Borge Wietzke
global poverty

Debates about global poverty often omit demographic factors. Frank-Borge Wietzke tries to fill this gap, and documents a significant effect of fertility on poverty. This influence works in large part through a distributional channel
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On the (changing) relationship between life expectancy and lifespan inequality
La relation (changeante) entre espérance de vie et inégalités de longévité

José Manuel Aburto, Ginevra Floridi, Ella Fegitz
life expectancy and lifespan inequality

Life expectancy at birth is widely employed to measure longevity. However, as José Manuel Aburto, Ginevra Floridi and Ella Fegitz argue, another complementary dimension of great relevance in health research and policy intervention is inequality in the length of life or lifespan inequality.
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How cash support and tax relief may matter for third births in Hungary
Importance du soutien financier et des allégements fiscaux pour les troisièmes naissances en Hongrie

Zsolt Spéder, Lívia Murinkó, Livia Sz. Oláh

Well targeted policy measures can influence fertility even in times of intensive social and economic change. Analysing data from the Hungarian Generations and Gender Survey,
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Migrants’ fertility in Italy: a comparison between origin and destination
Fécondité des migrants en Italie: une comparaison entre pays d’origine et d’accueil

Roberto Impicciatore, Giuseppe Gabrielli, Anna Paterno

It is rarely possible to compare stayers in an origin country, migrants from that country and non-migrants in the destination country.
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Do childhood migration experiences affect migration behaviour in adulthood?
Les expériences de migration aux jeunes âges affectent-elles le migrations ultérieures?

Aude Bernard, Sergi Vidal

Aude Bernard and Sergi Vidal investigate the impact of childhood moves on internal migration behaviour in adulthood in 11 European countries. They find that childhood moves significantly increase the likelihood of moving in adulthood,
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Gender-asymmetric time allocation and divorce. A US-West Germany comparison
Répartition asymétrique du travail domestique et risque de divorce. Une comparaison entre les États-Unis et l’Allemagne de l’Ouest

Daniela Bellani, Gøsta Esping-Andersen

Examining couples in both the United States and western Germany, Daniela Bellani and Gøsta Esping-Andersen find lower divorce risks when the division of unpaid work is more balanced.
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Two centuries of change in the spatial inequality of mortality in France
Deux siècles d’évolution des inégalités spatiales de mortalité en France

Florian Bonnet, Hippolyte d’Albis

Spatial inequalities in mortality decreased in France between 1881 and 1980 (“the century of convergence”), and life expectancy increased at national level. However, Florian Bonnet and Hippolyte d’Albis show that the reduction in spatial inequalities
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Markedly lower child mortality in Malawi and Uganda with more educated mothers
Net recul de la mortalité infantile au Malawi et en Ouganda pour les mères plus instruites

Liliana Andriano, Christiaan Monden
maternal education and child mortality

Using data from Demographic and Health Surveys, Liliana Andriano and Christiaan Monden show that, everything else equal, each additional year of maternal schooling reduces children’s probability of dying before age 5
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Family planning and child health care: the Peruvian case, 1996-2000
Planification familiale et soins de santé infantile : le cas du Pérou, 1996-2000

Marianna Battaglia, Nina Pallarés

In 1996-2000, for the first time in Peru, surgical contraception was promoted among indigenous women, and sometimes imposed upon them. As Marianna Battaglia and Nina Pallarés show, its overall positive impacts on contraceptive use and child mortality conceal substantial heterogeneity by ethnicity.
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Transnational families living between Africa and Europe
Familles transnationales entre l’Afrique et l’Europe

Valentina Mazzucato, Djamila Schans, Kim Caarls, Cris Beauchemin

International migration and family life are frequently difficult to reconcile. Valentina Mazzucato, Djamila Schans, Kim Caarls, and Cris Beauchemin focus on three cases (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, and Senegal)
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Why has migrant fertility in Norway declined?
Comment expliquer le recul de la fécondité des migrants en Norvège ?

Marianne Tønnessen
immigrant fertility

Fertility among immigrants has declined in many Western countries. In Norway, Marianne Tønnessen finds that the successful integration of immigrants is not the main driver of the decline since 2000, but rather decreased fertility in origin areas.
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Same-sex marriages in Sweden: 20 years of change
Mariages entre personnes de même sexe en Suède: 20 ans d’évolution

Martin Kolk, Gunnar Andersson
same sex marriage

Martin Kolk and Gunnar Andersson study the evolution of same-sex marriages, childbearing and divorce in Sweden. They highlight increases in childbearing and marriage of female couples in particular, and a stabilization of divorce risks.
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Strong family ties moderate the negative effect of family size on children’s education, in Wisconsin (USA)
Taille de la famille et liens familiaux : leurs effets sur l’éducation des enfants dans le Wisconsin (États-Unis)

Ea Hoppe Blaabæk, Joseph Molitoris

Recent studies have questioned whether family size negatively affects children’s educational outcomes. Based on information from the extended family
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Dual earners’ parental employment strategies in Belgium
Stratégies d’emploi des parents à double revenu en Belgique

Jonas Wood, Leen Marynissen
Dual earners’

Even in Belgium, despite its strong work-family reconciliation policies, childbearing pushes couples towards more traditional gender roles: when one member of a couple exits the labour market or takes parental leave (which is relatively rare), it is generally the woman.
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Breaking down the increase in non-marital births in Finland
Une décomposition de l’augmentation des naissances hors mariage en Finlande

Christine Schnor, Marika Jalovaara

Low-educated persons are especially likely to have their children outside marriage in Finland. While the proportion of people with low education has declined sharply in most countries in recent decades, non-marital childbearing has increased. How can this paradox be explained? 
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Migrant mortality advantage and the selection hypothesis
La sous-mortalité des migrants et l’hypothèse de sélection

Matthew Wallace, Ben Wilson

We frequently hear that international migrants are a selected subgroup of their origin populations. The veracity of this statement is generally just assumed or inferred from comparison on some specific characteristics (e.g. survival) with the destination population.
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Legalizing same-sex marriages improves subjective well-being (in England and Wales)
Légaliser le mariage homosexuel améliore le bien-être subjectif (en Angleterre et au Pays de Galles)

Diederik Boertien, Daniele Vignoli
same-sex marriages

Legalizing same-sex marriage is as an important step toward reducing differences in well-being based on sexual orientation. For example, the subjective well-being of individuals in same-sex couples increased following legalization
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Missing twins and twin-singleton mortality convergence in Sub-Saharan Africa
Convergence de la mortalité de jumeaux et d’enfants de naissance simple en Afrique subsaharienne

Roland Pongou, David Shapiro, Michel Tenikue
Missing twins

Substantial literature documents that twins have higher mortality than singletons, but does not address whether this twin disadvantage eventually disappears, and if so, at what age.
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Do birds of a feather really flock together?
Les oiseaux de même plumage s’assemblent-ils vraiment sur le même rivage ?

Hill Kulu, Tina Hannemann
ethnic intermarriage

Hill Kulu and Tina Hannemann investigated the spread of ethnic intermarriage and co-ethnic marriage across different ethnic minorities in the UK. They found specific socio-economic factors for different ethnic minorities promoting intermarriage.
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Explaining disability trends in the United States, 1963-2015
Prévalence de l’incapacité aux États-Unis, 1963-2015 : évolution et déterminants

Jona Schellekens
disability trends

Using the world’s longest running survey of health data, the National Health Interview Survey, Jona Schellekens shows that the decrease in mortality from cardiovascular disease in the US postponed the decline in disability from the 1970s to the 1980s,
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Impact of obesity on life expectancy levels and trends in Europe
Impact de l’obésité sur les niveaux et tendances de l’espérance de vie en Europe

Fanny Janssen, Nikoletta Vidra, Sergi Trias-Llimós
obesity on life expectancy

Since the 1980s, obesity prevalence has increased threefold in many European countries. Without obesity, life expectancy in 26 European countries in 2012 would have been, on average, 1.2 years higher for males and one year higher for females.
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Demography and development in the maze of Indian districts
Démographie et développement des districts indiens

Sanjay K. Mohanty, Udaya S. Mishra, Rajesh K. Chauhan, Sayantani Chatterjee
Indian districts

A striking contrast in demographic and development indicators emerges from a recent analysis of the 640 districts of India, which Sanjay K. Mohanty, Udaya S. Mishra, Rajesh K. Chauhan and Sayantani Chatterjee summarize for N-IUSSP.
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