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  • 30/09/2014
    Multistate Analysis of Life Histories with R
    This book by Frans Willekens presents a step-by-step procedure for investigating life histories using descriptive methods and statistical modeling, as well as the popular software language for statistical computing (R). It also provides an introduction to multistate event history analysis. It is an extension of survival analysis, in which a single terminal event (endpoint) is considered and the time-to-event is studied. Multistate models focus on life histories or trajectories, conceptualized as sequences of states and sequences of transitions between states. Life histories are modeled as realizations of continuous-time Markov processes.
  • 22/09/2014
    World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century
    This book by Wolfgang Lutz, William P. Butz, and Samir KC addresses systematically and quantitatively the role of educational attainment in global population trends and models. Seven background chapters summarise past trends in fertility, mortality, migration, and education; examine relevant theories and identify key determining factors; and set the assumptions that are subsequently translated into alternative scenario projections to 2100.
  • 28/08/2014
    International Handbook On Ageing And Public Policy
    The International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy explores the challenges arising from the ageing of populations across the globe for government, policy makers, the private sector and civil society. It examines various national state approaches to welfare provisions for older people, and highlights alternatives based around the voluntary and third-party sector, families and private initiatives. The Handbook is highly relevant for academics interested in this critical issue, and offers important messages for policy makers and practitioners.
  • 25/08/2014
    Population Ageing in Europe
    This publication focuses on the challenges and opportunities of population ageing in Europe. Reviewing the outcomes of EU-funded research in social sciences funded under the sixth and the seventh framework programmes, it aims to address the question of how the EU is preparing for advanced population ageing and what type of public policies it should pursue.
  • 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.
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