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The trend of legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples is broadening. More and more rights are becoming available to same-sex partners – in more and more European countries. Leiden Law School and French Institute for Demographic Studies publish detailed database and comparative analysis.    Growing consensus [...]
The impact of working while participating in education on the transition to motherhood in Hungary
Over the course of the past few decades, women’s enrolment in post-secondary educational programmes has dramatically increased. The fertility implications have been well documented, but the studies generally assume that a student is only a student. Zsolt Spéder and Tamás Bartus sought to understand the impact double-status (studying part-time and working part-time at the same time) may have on the transition to motherhood. It turns out, their interest was well founded. They found the fertility implications of double-status women to be notable. [...]
Out now: Population Europe's Quarterly Newsletter! Please download it here: Population Europe Newsletter April 2017.pdf If you would like to receive the newsletter via email, please sign up here. [...]
The project will explore human wellbeing as criterion for sustainable development
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Wolfgang Lutz a 2017 Advanced Grant. The project aims to develop new indicators for long-term human wellbeing that include feedbacks from environmental and other changes. Lutz is scientific director of the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), and professor of applied statistics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). These three institutions together are part of the Wittgenstein Center, of which Lutz is the founding director. [...]
Men and women perceive differently the consequences of work after retirement on relationships
With more time than ever to themselves, retirees’ relationships with their partners can certainly be expected to evolve. Hopefully, to improve. But as German society ages, more and more retirees are engaging in bridge employment, paid work between the retirement from full-time work and complete withdrawal from the labour market. The consequences of this trend on relationships after retirement are still unclear, but a new study from Andreas Mergenthaler and Volker Cihlar shows that, as ever, there is a gender dimension to the question. [...]
But they do so as absolute all-cause mortality falls
To better understand increasing inequalities in mortality trends, Rianne de Gelder and colleagues took a long-term approach. Using data from 1970-2010, they explored both absolute and relative inequalities in mortality based on level of education and occupational class. They did so by comparing six countries: England and Wales, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy (Turin) and Norway. [...]
Wave 6 data released!   SHARE is very happy to announce the release of Wave 6 data. Wave 6 not only includes Croatia as a new country but also a longitudinal version of the social network module which tracks changes in respondents' social networks over time. In addition, the new release 6.0.0 provides an update of all previous waves of SHARE. Download the data: You can register as a user and download the data here. [...]
Prize: 2000€
The award will be delivered during the next Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) conference taking place in Scotland next October. In addition to the prize, the author will be invited to present the awarded paper during the conference and have his/her travel expenses, conference and hotel fees (3 nights) covered. [...]
Not his
Of the many causes of gender inequality today, perhaps none appears more innocuous than housework. Research has shown nothing could be further from the truth. Traditional division of labour at home systematically discourage women from pursuing professional careers in favour of work they can easily combine with in-home duties. As time goes on, the arrangement reinforces itself. Recent years have seen more equitable arrangements spread across Europe, but a new study by Susanne Fahlén confirms that this tends to be despite men, not because of them. [...]
A genetically informative, longitudinal study of the life course and individual development
TwinLife is a 12-year representative behavior genetic study investigating the emergence and development of social inequalities over the life course. The long-term project began in 2014 and surveys more than 4,000 pairs of twins and their families in different stages of life on a yearly basis. All of the subjects reside in Germany. Not only social, but also genetic mechanisms as well as covariations and interactions between these two factors can be examined with the help of identical and fraternal same-sex twins. [...]

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