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New MPIDR study
Children of older mothers are healthier, taller and obtain more education than the children of younger mothers, a new study from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock finds. Mikko Myrskylä, MPIDR-Director, and his colleague Kieron Barclay from the London School of Economics and Political Science conclude that the reason for this surprising finding is the continuous increase of educational opportunities and good health for people in industrialised countries. [...]
Professor Billari (University of Oxford) and Professor Aassve (Bocconi) win prestigious grants
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced today (14 April 2016) the awarding of its prestigious Advanced Grants to 277 senior researchers, worth in total € 647 million. Among the grantees are two senior Population Europe researchers: Professor Francesco Billari (University of Oxford) and Professor Arnstein Aassve (Bocconi University). [...]
COFACE Families-Europe and two of its Belgian members Gezinsbond and La Ligue des Familles are jointly organising the conference ‘Families on the move‘ that will take place in Brussels at the centre of Europe at the Higher Inst [...]
The draft of the scientific programme for the 2016 European Population Conference in Mainz is now available online. You can find more information here: http://epc2016.princeton.edu/topics. [...]
By examining social attitudes on same-sex adoption in 28 European countries, researchers Judit Takács, Ivett Szalma and Tamás Bartus highlighted individual and country-level factors that can determine the level of social acceptance or rejection of this specific kind of adoption. Their article contributes to the literature on social acceptance of lesbian women, gay men, and their adoption practices in Europe and directs attention to several previously under-researched aspects of social attitudes on same-sex parenting rights. [...]
by Ester Rizzi Do our children make us happier? It is a loaded question, but one with important policy implications—and therefore worth exploring. There is ample evidence to suggest that the birth of a child increases parents’ happiness in general. Survey results show a spike in happiness in the year of the birth of the first child. This jump is especially high for mothers, who reported an increase in happiness comparable to the drop reported following a divorce, about half a point (see Figure 1). [...]
About the seminar Recent decades have seen rapid changes in family forms across OECD countries. In the UK far fewer couples are choosing to marry before having children, rates of divorce and separation have risen rapidly and more women are choosing to have children alone. In this one day seminar we explore inequalities in family forms, and the implications of increasing family diversity for children’s life chances. [...]
A Life-Course Analysis of Geographical Distance to Siblings, Parents, and Grandparents in Sweden
A new study by researcher Martin Kolk makes a contribution to the demography and geography of kinship by studying how internal migration and demography shape the geographical availability of kin in contemporary Sweden. The study uses a longitudinal approach in which the distance to siblings, parents, and grandparents is measured for the same individuals at different ages.  It follows all men and women in Sweden born in 1970 and their kin from age 10 to age 37, examining changes in distances to kin at ages when the cohort leave the parental home and often begin a new family. [...]
Childlessness and the Ex-post Rationalisation Problem
by Patrick I. Dick A couple of weeks ago, television on (the ever-encroaching) Valentine’s Day was predictably replete with romantic comedies. Most of the films I recognised had happy endings—appropriate on a day of upbeat marketing. In many cases, happy endings meant children, or at least the commitment to start a family. One network bucked the trend, however, apparently deciding that childlessness fit the bill. [...]
EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review Winter Edition As in previous editions all graphs and related data are downloadable in excel format by clicking on the links provided. A link to a country-specific statistical annex is also provided at the end of the report. Here are some highlights: [...]

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