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Family and Children

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: [...]
The social gradient of the influence of parental separation on children’s educational outcomes
It is widely recognised that children who experience parental separation during their childhood tend to achieve lower educational outcomes than those who come from intact families. However, the possible differentiation in the way in which such separation effects influence children from different socio-economic backgrounds is much less understood. In his work on Germany, Michael Grätz from the European University Institute looks at children’s social origin to disentangle such heterogeneity and shed further light on how the negative impact of parental separation on their educational outcomes varies. [...]
Changing care ideals in the Netherlands
Traditionally, Dutch long-term care arrangements were mainly provided by the government. But to limit costs, during the past few decades the Netherlands has been reforming its historically generous, public long-term care services. The reforms aimed to encourage people to be more active in caring for dependent relatives. Researcher Thijs van den Broek and his colleagues now show that despite the new policies to promote family engagement in care, care ideals in the Netherlands have shifted away from, rather than towards, the family having a prominent caring role. [...]
Designed as an annual conference on a variety of topics surrounding demographic challenges, the Berlin Demography Forum (BDF) offers a global, non-partisan platform for solution-oriented dialogue. [...]
COFACE, the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union, in cooperation with the UN Focal Point on the Family (Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs), is organising the international conference ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Gender Equality: the role of family policies and exchange of good practices’. [...]