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Discussion Paper No. 10: Gender (In)Equality over the Life Course

Evidence from the Generations & Gender Programme

The collection of articles included in this Discussion Paper captures the state-of-the-art research in the field of Gender (In)Equality. The contributions present in a condensed version the key theories, socio-demographic trends and remaining questions regarding gender (in)equality across multiple domains of life.

All of the articles also draw their empirical evidence from data from the Generations & Gender Programme (GGP). GGP is a social science research infrastructure devoted to the study of the life course and family dynamics.  


  1. Introduction. Anne H. Gauthier and Irena E. Kotowska
  2. Does Gender Equality Affect Fertility Decisions in Europe? Letizia Mencarini
  3. Gender Division Of Unpaid Work. Trude Lappegård
  4. What Place Does Female and Male Sterilisation Have in the Contraceptive Regimes of Europe? Mieke C. W. Eeckhaut and Megan M. Sweeney
  5. Gender Gap in Repartnering. Martin Kreidl and Zuzana Žilinčíková
  6. Grandparenthood and Female Employment. Valeria Bordone and Bruno Arpino
  7. Gender Inequality in Late-Life Loneliness and Depression: A Comparative European Perspective. Thomas Hansen and Britt Slagsvold
  8. Conclusions. Anne H. Gauthier and Irena E. Kotowska
Gauthier, A. H., Kotowska, I. E. & Vono de Vilhena, D. (2018): Gender (In)Equality over the Life Course. Discussion Paper No. 10, Berlin: Max Planck Society/Population Europe.