• 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 - Department of Statistical Sciences - University of Padova • Personal webpage ml.tanturri(at)
      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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Longer lives, poorer health in England
Une vie plus longue en Angleterre, mais en moins bonne santé

Stephen Jivraj, Alissa Goodman, Benedetta Pongiglione, George Ploubidis

Stephen Jivraj, Alissa Goodman, Benedetta Pongiglione and George Ploubidis find that, among working-age adults in England,
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Hypergamy on the decline in Europe
Le recul de l’hypergamie en Europe

Dávid Erát

As women’s levels of education increasingly overtake those of men, educational hypergamy (male educational advantage in a relationship) is declining throughout Europe, as Dávid Erát shows.
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The role of non-resident family in migration after separation
Migration après une rupture conjugale : l’importance de la famille vivant à proximité

Amy Spring, Clara H. Mulder, Michael J. Thomas, Thomas J. Cooke

Amy Spring, Clara H. Mulder, Michael J. Thomas, Thomas J. Cooke find that the presence of non-resident family plays an important role in separated people’s decisions to migrate within the United States. Having family living nearby reduces their likelihood of migration.
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Children of same-sex parents: an educational success story
Enfants de familles homoparentales : les résultats scolaires, une preuve de réussite

Jan Kabátek, Francisco Perales

Challenging claims of disadvantage in same-sex parented families, Jan Kabátek and Francisco Perales find that same-sex-parented children actually outperform their peers in many areas of academic achievement.
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Pleasure and fidelity: Italian millennials and sex
Plaisir et fidélité : la sexualité de la génération du millénaire en Italie

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna, Daniele Vignoli

Sexual intercourse is starting earlier than before among Italian adolescents, whose behaviour is converging towards the norms of their European peers. As noted by Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna and Daniele Vignoli, this precocity and the growing importance attached to romantic love
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Accelerating fertility decline through education and family planning
Accélérer la baisse de la fécondité grâce à l’éducation et la planification familiale

Daphne H. Liu, Adrian E. Raftery

Daphne H. Liu and Adrian E. Raftery find that increasing women’s educational attainment and contraceptive prevalence can have an accelerating effect on fertility decline in high-fertility countries, with a larger effect for the latter.
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COVID-19 pandemic: demographic highlights
Impact démographique de la pandémie de COVID-19

Joseph Chamie

The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has resulted in enormous consequences worldwide. Joseph Chamie highlights the pandemic’s impact on the components of population change: mortality, fertility and migration.
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Grandparents looking after grandchildren in England
Le rôle des grands-parents dans la garde des petits-enfants en Angleterre

Giorgio Di Gessa, Paola Zaninotto, Karen Glaser

Giorgio Di Gessa, Paola Zaninotto and Karen Glaser find that, in England, most grandmothers and grandfathers provide grandchild care throughout the year to allow parents to undertake paid work.
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Are demographic indicators really converging in post transitional countries?
Les indicateurs démographiques convergent-ils vraiment dans les pays post-transition ?

Maria Castiglioni, Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna, Letizia Tanturri

After the demographic transition, convergence in all demographic behaviours (moderate fertility, low mortality and very low migration) is the guiding assumption of the UN World Population Prospects Revisions.
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Trends in age at menarche in low- and middle-income countries
Évolution de l’âge aux premières règles dans les pays à revenu faible et intermédiaire

Tiziana Leone, Laura Brown

Understanding the timing and determinants of age at menarche is key to determining potential linkages between onset of puberty and health outcomes from a lifecourse perspective.
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From deprivation to neonatal and post-neonatal mortality in Bolivia
Le lien entre pauvreté et mortalité néonatale et post-néonatale en Bolivie

Filippo Temporin

Filippo Temporin identifies three possible mechanisms whereby deprivation can affect neonatal and post-neonatal mortality. Using data from the 2008 Bolivia Demographic and Health Survey, however, he concludes that in a context of widespread poverty,
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Religion as a moderating factor in the education-fertility relationship
La religion comme modérateur de la relation entre niveau d’instruction et fécondité

Nitzan Peri-Rotem

Female education is often linked to lower fertility levels and higher rates of childlessness. However, this relationship does not necessarily hold for all population groups.
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Internet: a tool for promoting contraceptive uptake in sub-Saharan African countries
Internet : un outil pour favoriser l’accès à la contraception en Afrique subsaharienne

Veronica Toffolutti, Hai Ma, Giulia Menichelli, Ester Berlot, Letizia Mencarini, Arnstein Aassve

The Internet is a time-saving and cost-effective modern technology to enact general healthcare programs.
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U.S. immigrant men’s earning trajectories vary by country of origin
Pour les hommes immigrés aux États-Unis, l’évolution des revenus varie selon le pays d’origine

Leafia Ye, Michal Engelman

Immigrant men who arrived in the United States in the latter part of the twentieth century experienced varied earning trajectories. Leafia Ye and Michal Engelman show that those who came from several countries in Asia and Africa experienced substantial earnings growth
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Strong combined impact of smoking, obesity, and alcohol on survival improvements in Europe
Les effets combinés du tabagisme, de l’obésité et de l’alcool freinent l’amélioration de la survie en Europe

Fanny Janssen, Sergi Trias-Llimós, Anton Kunst

Smoking, obesity and alcohol are considered key public health problems in Europe. Fanny Janssen, Sergi Trias-Llimós, and Anton Kunst show how changes over time in these three lifestyle factors have affected secular trends in survival
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Health at older ages: childless adults not always worse off than parents
La santé des personnes âgées sans enfant n’est pas toujours moins bonne que celle des parents

Nekehia T. Quashie, Bruno Arpino, Radoslaw Antczak, Christine A. Mair

As children are often the main source of support in later life, childless older adults are presumed to have higher risks of poor health compared to parents. Nekehia T. Quashie, Bruno Arpino, Radoslaw Antczak, and Christine A. Mair show that this is not always the case:
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Women’s employment 1996-2016: US vs Europe
Emploi des femmes 1996-2016: les États-Unis comparés à l’Europe

Jennifer L. Hook, Eunjeong Paek

Among OECD countries, the United States was once a leader in women’s labor force participation, but is now a laggard. Jennifer Hook and Eunjeong Paek compare trends in American and European women’s employment to investigate why the American gender revolution has stalled.
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