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Who Gets Custody Now?
20/08/2014- News
Who Gets Custody Now?
A new article by Maria Cancian, Daniel R. Meyer, Patricia R. Brown, and Steven T. Cook reveals dramatic changes in children’s living arrangements after divorce.
The authors show that between 1988 and 2008, the proportion of mothers granted sole physical custody fell substantially, but the proportion of parents sharing custody increased dramatically, and father–sole custody remained relatively stable.
 
Despite the considerable changes in marriage and divorce patterns over this period, they do not find strong evidence that the changes in custody are related to changes in the characteristics of families experiencing a divorce; rather, changes in custody may be the result of changes in social norms and the process by which custody is determined.
 
 
How to Prevent a Lost Generation – Population Europe Webinar with Arnstein Assave
18/08/2014- News
How to Prevent a Lost Generation – Population Europe Webinar with Arnstein Assave
Mass youth unemployment can have a significant and long-term impact on the demographic and economic development of societies. It severely affects the ability of the younger generation to start an independent life, including the possibility of having children and forming a family.

Given that youth unemployment has reached record levels in many European countries as a result of the economic crisis, immediate support by policy makers is necessary to prevent a “lost generation”. Arnstein Assave, expert for the demographic consequences of youth unemployment and poverty, will present his latest research on the topic in an exclusive Webinar for Population Europe on September 2nd at 2pm.

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Versatile Designs of Life
14/08/2014- Pop Digests
Versatile Designs of Life
Fertility Intentions Among Cohabiters Across Europe
Traditional family patterns are losing popularity in Europe. One example of this is the fact that more and more people are living together without getting married. Cohabitation means different things to different people, and people choose this family arrangement for various reasons. Do these reasons influence their fertility intentions? In a recent study, Nicole Hiekel and Teresa Castro-Martin examine how the different meanings of cohabitation and the intention to have a child are intertwined.
High Education - Low Body Mass Index
12/08/2014- News
High Education - Low Body Mass Index
How are body weight, eating patterns, and physical activity related to education? A new article by Vincenzo Atella and Joanna Kopinska (University of Rome)deals with the role of education attainment on individual body mass index (BMI), eating patterns, and physical activity.
They found that completion of lower secondary education has a significant positive impact on reduction of individual BMI, containment of calorie consumption, and promotion of physical activity. Interestingly, these effects are heterogeneous across genders and distributions.
 
They also show that education attainment is likely to foster productive and allocative efficiency of individuals in the context of BMI formation, and that in the presence of strong socioeconomic inequalities in BMI, education is likely to have a pronounced impact on healthy BMI for the disadvantaged groups, represented in our framework by females.
 
 
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