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POSTPONED: International Seminar on Demographic Processes and Socioeconomic Reproduction in the Long Run

Aug 27


The organisers have postponed the event and are currently working to find a new date for the event.


Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Historical Demography, in collaboration with the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED).

Organizing Committee: Hao Dong (Peking University); Martin Dribe (Lund University); Lionel Kesztenbaum (Institut national d'études démographiques - INED).

In recent years, there has been an upsurge across the social sciences in research on inequality and social mobility. This has contributed to the emergence of new topics and research questions, such as multigenerational (i.e. more than two generations) mobility or the role of extended kinship in mobility, and to the development of innovative methods to analyze it. While most of the focus has been on intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status (income, wealth, occupation, etc.), our knowledge on the mechanisms of socioeconomic reproduction remains limited. In particular, much of the current work does not discuss the role of demographic processes, and the huge changes they underwent in the last centuries, in socioeconomic reproduction. Research of this kind – connecting demographic and socioeconomic processes from a longitudinal, comparative perspective – will improve our understanding of the driving forces of socioeconomic inequality and how they have changed in the long run.

This seminar aims to bring together research examining how demographic behaviours and the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status interact to shape patterns of inequality over time. The workshop will discuss how families circulate between socioeconomic strata longitudinally, looking at various indicators of socioeconomic position, for instance not only occupation or income but also education or land ownership. In particular, we welcome papers that investigate how socioeconomic differentials in demographic behaviours modify the intergenerational transmission of social and economic status and jointly shape observed trends in inequalities. For instance, patterns of socioeconomic differentials in demographic outcomes may contribute to persistence by reducing the dilution of family resources across generations if, as often hypothesized, there is a ‘quantity-quality’ trade-off in which high-status families have fewer children in which they invest more resources. Alternatively, socioeconomic differentials in reproduction may also increase intergenerational mobility if members of high-status families are more likely to marry, have more children, and divide their resources among their children.

The seminar will be held at INED on the Campus Condorcet in Paris. 

For further information, please contact seminar organizer lionel.kesztenbaum [at] (Lionel Kesztenbaum).

Event information
27/08/2020 - 28/08/2020
French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED)
Campus Condorcet