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A paper published in BMJ Global Health by Marie-Pier Bergeron Boucher, José Manuel Aburto and Alyson van Raalte on variation in causes of death sheds further light on our understanding of population health and ageing.  [...]
Impact of unemployment on the health of one’s partner
Baranowska-Rataj and Strandh of Umeå University looked at the impact of unemployment on self-rated health of partners. They found that financial support from the welfare state can somewhat moderate the negative health effects of a partner's becoming unemployed, with interesting differences across countries with diverging policies supporting gender equality. [...]
Cosmo Strozza, Virginia Zarulli, and Viviana Egidi of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics (University of Southern Denmark) and University of Rome “La Sapienza” analysed the 90+ population in Denmark to study how demographics, socio-economic characteristics and one’s lifestyle affect changes in physical and cognitive health, whether there is a pattern to these changes and how physical or cognitive aspects affect transitions of the other dimensions. [...]
How do men and women talk about intentions of reducing working hours after a childbirth?
Xiana Bueno (Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics) and Marc Grau-Grau (Harvard Kennedy School) conducted a qualitative study of how parents in Spain think about taking unpaid parental leave. They found that while the parental leave policy may be egalitarian on its face, couples continue to utilize it in a gendered manner. [...]
Paternity leave as a solution for the motherhood penalty
Dunatchik and Özcan find that a non-transferable paternity leave policy in Quebec had a short-term positive impact on mothers’ labour outcomes, including workforce participation and full-time employment. [...]
Partnership patterns of migrants and their descendants
Much research has been dedicated to the family patterns of immigrants in Europe, but there are few cross-national comparisons. Hannemann, Kulu, González-Ferrer (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC Madrid), Pailhé, Rahnu and Puur investigated marriage, divorce, and cohabitation habits among immigrants and their descendants in four very different European countries: the UK, Spain, France, and Estonia. Their analysis demonstrated significant heterogeneity in partnership behaviour across migrant groups both within the same country and across the four European countries. [...]
Comparing Turkish & Moroccan residents of the Netherlands with natives
In the Netherlands, loneliness is more prevalent among Turkish and Moroccan older adults than among older native adults. To investigate possible explanations for this difference, Tilburg & Fokkema used survey data to compare five dimensions of loneliness between native and migrant groups. [...]
Extramarital childbearing, marriage and cohabitation in Iceland
In Iceland, 70 per cent of children were conceived outside of marriage in 2018, yet marriage rates remain on par with the OECD average. Jónsson investigates whether the order of life course events, including cohabitation, marriage and childbirth, has changed over the past decades. [...]
The recent experience of OECD countries as a laboratory to understand what causes workers to delay retirement
Boissonneault & colleagues reviewed literature that studied the causes of increases in retirement age over the past 30 years in OECD countries. They found that changes to the social security systems effectively contributed to increases in observed retirement ages. [...]
Gender & family attitudes and the division of unpaid labour in Italy
Campolo & colleagues used an innovative methodology to investigate the roles of endogeneity of fertility, as well as gender and family attitudes and the bargaining process between partners, in the division of unpaid care work within couples. [...]

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