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Population Europe Newsletter - April 2021

Our newsletter is a bit later than usual, but we’ve been busy! One big project we’ve been working on is re-designing and updating our website. It just went live this week, so make sure to check it out. On March 29th, our own Dr Daniela Vono de Vilhena spoke at the European Parliamentary Research Service’s annual roundtable about the 'Demographic Outlook for the European Union'. To help emphasise a main point of her presentation for the need for improved data, we invited experts to participate in a special Twitter Takeover Series focused on addressing the current state of COVID-19-related data. Thank you to all those that participated, and if you missed it, you can check out all their interesting insights here.

Pop Digest
Pregnant woman with toddler
Alice Goisis and Maria Palma (Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Social Research Institute, UCL) looked at parent-child relationships of individuals around the age of 14 in the UK. Their results suggest that differences between the medically assisted reproduction and natural conception families in terms of closeness and frequency of quarrelling are small, and generally not statistically significant.
Young and Old Woman
Fanny Janssen (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute and University of Groningen), Sergi Trias-Llimós (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Centre for Demographic Studies CED Barcelona) and Anton E. Kunst (University of Amsterdam) examined the individual and combined effects of smoking, obesity and alcohol not only on life expectancy levels but also on secular trends in life expectancy for 30 European countries.
man signing contract
In a recent study, Sonja Scheuring (ERC project SECCOPA, University of Bamberg), Jonas Voßemer (ERC project HEALFAM, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, MZES), Anna Baranowska-Rataj (ERC project HEALFAM, Umeå University) and Giulia Tattarini (Berlin Social Science Center, WZB) investigated how employment transitions into and out of fixed-term contracts affect the well-being of partners in Germany.
Older Latina woman on a couch
The human longevity revolution that started in 1840 shows no signs of ending soon, according to a Perspectives article published in PNAS. Understanding how much human lifespan can be extended is a major scientific goal, with critical implications across health, social, political, cultural, and economic domains. James Vaupel, Francisco Villavicencio and Marie-Pier Bergeron-Boucher summarize past trends in human longevity, upcoming prospects for life expectancy, and potential directions for future research.
Socio-Economic Background and Family Formation
Judith Koops, Aart Liefbroer and Anne Gauthier (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute) studied the role of the SES of one’s parents on having a first birth in cohabitation or marriage in 19 European and North American countries.
Father cooking with kid
Ariane Pailhé and Anne Solaz (Institut national d'études démographiques (INED)) and Maria Stanfors (Centre for Economic Demography, Lund University) analyse the trends of level shifts and gender differences in housework and childcare across France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the U.S. from the mid-1980s to the early 2010s.
Policy Insights
Pregnant woman traveling with airplane. Close up.
In a recent paper published in the prestigious journal Demography, Massimo Anelli and Nicoletta Balbo asked the question: what would have happened to fertility levels in Italy if this massive emigration flow had not happened? Through this exercise, they could also understand what effect the recession on fertility levels would have been in the absence of out-migration.
News: 40 million NOK awarded to The Centre for Fertility and Health
In December 2020, the Centre for Fertility and Health was awarded 40 million NOK by the Research Council of Norway to support the Centre in three new projects: (1) Sickness in the Family, (2) Transitions in the Education System and (3) Women's Fertility.
Event: Berlin Demography Days
From 22 to 24 March, the Berlin Demography Days will take place for the first time. At the online event, the Vice-President of the European Commission Dubravka Šuica will speak about the relationship between democracy and demography. In addition, the winners of the European Demographer Awards will be honoured.
EPRS' Online Policy Roundtable
How is the coronavirus crisis changing Europe's demography? The 2021 EPRS' Demographic Outlook
Our Daniela Vono de Vilhena joins EPRS' Online Policy Roundtable on the topic 'How is the coronavirus crisis changing Europe's demography? The 2021 EPRS' Demographic Outlook.'
COVID Data Twitter Takeover Series
During the week of April 12, we launched the COVID Data Twitter Takeover Series bringing experts together to discuss the current state of COVID-19 data
Second Exploratory Meeting
Between the Vice President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica & leading demographers at the EU
The purpose of this second meeting was to discuss: a) the role of demography in the recovery plans for Europe and b) population decline and brain drain.
Books and Reports
Cover of QuantMig Report 2.2
In this paper, Maryam Aslany, Jørgen Carling, Mathilde Bålsrud Mjelva and Tone Sommerfelt comprehensively review the findings of published empirical research on the formation of migration aspirations. That is, they are interested in how individual factors (such as educational attainment or employment status) and contextual factors (such as the quality of public services or the levels of violence and insecurity) help explain who wants to leave and who wants to stay.
Books and Reports: Policy learning from COVID-19 in Europe
Drawing on a wide range of multi-disciplinary published materials and official statistics, research articles, reports, briefings and academic debates, as well as media headlines and commentary, this briefing by Linda Hantrais (International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science) assesses policy learning during the first wave of the pandemic in Europe
How Demography can Help to Better Understand the Pandemic Report Cover
This joint publication by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, the Rostocker Zentrum zur Erforschung des Demografischen Wandels, the Vienna Institute of Demography, the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital and the Federal Institute for Population Research looks at the latest demographic research relating to the COVID pandemic.
Looking beyond COVID-19 Cover
This working paper by Sophie Riding, Olivier Thévenon, Willem Adema and Gráinne Dirwan provides an overview of the nature and key priorities of family support services operating in OECD countries to inform on the factors that contribute to their quality and delivery effectiveness.
VULNER Webinar: 'Bridging Legal and Empirical Research Methods in Migration Research - What are the Challenges?'
In this VULNER project webinar, Anuscheh Farahat and Marie-Claire Foblets discuss how legal and empirical research methods can be mobilized in efficient and convincing ways that ultimately support the development of evidence-informed migration policies.