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  • 07/05/2014
    Counting Populations, Understanding Societies
    This book by Véronique Petit determines how anthropology and demography can be used in conjunction in the field of population and development. It offers a critical assessment of recent developments in the field of population and development and focusses on anthropological demography taking demography as an entry point. The core aim of this book is to determine how anthropology and demography can be used in conjunction in the field of population and development.
  • 30/04/2014
    Sexuality and Reproduction in Contemporary Italy
    Every two years the AISP scientific board – Italian Association for Population Studies – a division of the SIS, Italian Statistical Society, publishes a Report on the Italian population, on its dynamics and, where possible, from an international point of view. The most recent volume, published in 2013, deals with various aspects linked to reproduction, that is to say those phenomena closely related to conception and having children, and to how such phenomena have changed over the last 30 years.
  • 04/04/2014
    European Policy Brief: Parental Separation, Child Well-Being and Family Policies in Europe
    It is well-known that family configurations have become more and more diverse over the last decades. Single-parent families, cohabiting families of the opposite or same sex, and intergenerational households are only examples of the current diversity. In Europe, family structures still vary substantially among countries. For instance, in 2011 the number of live births outside marriage ranged from 7.4% in Greece to 65% in Iceland. However, trends over time have substantially increased everywhere. The promotion of policies supporting the reconciliation between work and family for all family forms are one of the main EU challenges today. The picture becomes more complex when taking family disruptions such as parental separation into consideration. This creates challenges for policy-makers as the lack of appropriate interventions may have an impact on the life chances of parents and children. This policy brief summarises recent research findings of the of the project FamiliesAndSocieties on the consequences of parental separation for the future of children, and presents suggestions for policy interventions to prevent adverse consequences associated with it.
  • 27/02/2014
    The Fertility Gap in Europe: Singularities of the Spanish Case
    Since the second half of the 20th century, the decline in fertility has been a constant in practically all advanced societies. This study increases our understanding of the multidimensional character of this phemomenon, addressing educational and labour market factors, the impact of public policies, the transformation of gender roles and new family configurations. Spain is the object of this in depth analysis because it exhibits behaviour that deviates from other cases of low fertility. Women in Spain postpone motherhood; they face difficulties in balancing family and career; support from the welfare state for families is insufficient and couples doubt if they should have children due to economic and social uncertainties. Spain also has a very high unemployment rate, in particular, among young people, and has seen a spectacular increase in the rates of divorce and cohabitation. The authors analyse the factors that explain the uniqueness of the Spanish case, comparing it not only with the reality in Nordic and Anglo-Saxon countries, but also with Spain’s mediterranean neighbours.
  • 27/12/2013
    Europe’s Societal Challenges. An analysis of global societal trends to 2030 and their impact on the EU
    Rising inequality will be the single most prominent societal challenge for the EU in the coming decades, says a newly published report titled “Europe’s Societal Challenges. An analysis of global societal trends to 2030 and their impact on the EU”. The authors argue that because the EU is entering an era of long-term slow economic growth, it cannot rely on productivity growth as the engine for wellbeing. The EU must invest in its human resources, giving citizens the tools to seize all the opportunities that come their way, by boosting health, inclusion, education, skills and connectivity. The report, issued by the non-profit institution RAND, was commissioned by the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) Task Force in order to consider the long-term policy challenges the EU should prioritise for the next institutional cycle (2014-2019) and beyond. The analysts clustered these in four main themes: A new demographic reality, a new global consumer class, individual empowerment and rising inequality and vulnerable groups.
  • 26/09/2013
    Childbearing, Women's Employment and Work-Life Balance Policies in Contemporary Europe
    This volume by Livia Sz. Oláh and Ewa Frątczak addresses the tensions between work and welfare with respect to fertility. Focusing on childbearing choices (intentions, desires) as influential predictors of future fertility, the contributors examine the importance of labour force attachment on young women's fertility plans in the context of increased labour market flexibility and differences in work-life balance policies across Europe in the early 21st century.
  • 15/07/2013
    The Demography of Europe
    This book, edited by Gerda Neyer, Gunnar Andersson, Hill Kulu, Laura Bernardi, and Christoph Bühler, brings together leading population researchers in the area of fertility, family, migration, life-expectancy, and mortality. The contributions present key issues of the new demography of Europe and discuss key research advances to understand the continent’s demographic development at the turn of the 21st century. The volume derived from the symposium on “The Demography of Europe” held at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany in November 2007 in honor of Professor Jan M. Hoem.
  • 30/06/2013
    Active ageing and solidarity between generations in Europe: First results from SHARE after the economic crisis
    This book, edited by Axel Börsch-Supan, Martina Brandt, Howard Litwin, and Guglielmo Weber, is based on the most recent waves of SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe) data collected in 2010/2011. It examines the various influences the recent crisis had on the lives of people aged 50 and over in 16 European countries. Its main purpose is to provide scientific evidence of what has changed in the activities and life-circumstances of older Europeans since the crisis has begun, and how this has affected intergenerational solidarity. More than thirty multidisciplinary papers assess the influences of the crisis on income, wealth and consumption; challenges at the end of working life for active and healthy ageing as well as social networks and intergenerational solidarity across the life course.
  • 26/06/2013
    Negotiating the Life Course - Stability and Change in Life Pathways
    Pathways through the life course have changed considerably in recent decades. Many of our assumptions about leaving home, starting new relationships and having children have been turned upside down. This volume, edited by Ann Evans and Janeen Baxter, makes use of rich longitudinal data from a unique Australian project to examine these changes. Drawing on broader theories of social change and demographic transitions in an international context, each chapter provides a detailed empirical assessment of the ways in which Australian adults negotiate their work and family lives. In doing so, the volume provides important insight into the ways in which recent demographic, social, and economic changes both challenge and reproduce gender divisions.
  • 13/06/2013
    International Migration Outlook 2013
    Migration has started to pick up again, driven largely by people moving within the European Union, after three years of continuous decline during the crisis. But the employment prospects for immigrants have worsened, with around one in two unemployed immigrants in Europe still looking for work after more than 12 months, according to the new OECD report "International Migration Outlook 2013". This publication provides an analysis of recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and two analytical chapters, covering the fiscal impact of immigration in OECD countries and the discrimination against immigrants.
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