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Population Europe Inter-Faces: Aart Liefbroer

"The demographic behaviour of the parents is reproduced by the children" - an interview with Aart Liefbroer.


  1. One of your research fields is the intergenerational transmission of demographic behaviour; could you explain what that means?
  2. Do young people repeat their parents’ demographic behaviour?
  3. Why is this transmission so strong, despite the fact that many life patterns are so significantly different these days?
  4. Which differences between social groups exist in regard to the transmission of demographic behaviour?
  5. If the transmission of demographic behaviour is such a powerful pattern, can policy intervention make a difference at all?

The Population Europe Inter-Face Series has been published with financial support from the Progress programme of the European Union in the framework of the project ”Supporting a Partnership for Enhancing Europe’s Capacity to Tackle Demographic and Societal Change”.